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Gerdau Huntington, 2017 Heritage Days sponsor

Posted: Friday, March 3, 2017

Heritage Days 2017 will be celebrated in Huntington Wednesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 18. The theme is The 40s: Liberty, Democracy, Dignity. Gerdau Huntington Facility, 25 Commercial Road, is the official sponsor as named by the Heritage Days Steering Committee.

Gerdau is one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world and the leading producer of long steel in the Americas. Gerdau's special steel North American division specializes in producing special bar quality (SBQ) steel for the automotive, commercial vehicle, agricultural and energy markets. The business offers its customers a wide array of heat treated and value-added processed products. Mike Cash is the plant general manager of Gerdau’s Huntington facility and Kendall Mickley is division controller.

This year’s Heritage Days theme will allow participants in the annual Heritage Days Parade and other activities to depict the history of the 1940s, an era when a time of war was beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, and a time of celebration when World War II ended August 14, 1945.

Through perseverance and the heart and the pride of our citizens, Americans survived the war and returned home to rebuild the country. Rationing ended and the demand for goods led manufacturing to resume. Heritage Days 2017 celebrates the indomitable spirit of the citizens of Huntington and the rebuilding of our county. The theme comes from a speech given by Mrs. Mark W. Clark, wife of the Fifth Army General in command of all operations in the Italian sector, to the members of the Talk of the Hour Club in the Huntington High School auditorium in 1945. She said, “Liberty, democracy, human dignity and plain ordinary decency are the things we are fighting for in this war.”

The Heritage Days 2017 button depicts a United States Air Force plane like the one on display at Memorial Park. The Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star is a jet trainer aircraft which was used by the United States military mainly from the late 1940s to early 1950s. The military personnel trained in the usage of this aircraft followed in military combat flight. The plane at the park is part of the Veterans Memorial and is one of 5,600 T-33As made by Lockheed. The official colors for Heritage Days 2017 will be red, white and blue.

The Heritage Days Parade will be held Saturday, June 17 beginning at 10 a.m. The theme can be carried through on parade entries in the form of military uniforms, airplanes and anything that pertains to the war, reconstruction or life in the 1940s. Participants in this year’s parade will be asked for a $25 fee per entry. Groups are considered as one entry. This fee along with a certificate of liability insurance must be submitted along with the parade registration form.

Heritage Days are coordinated by a Steering Committee of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact the Chamber at 356-5300 or visit the website at or