GREENFIELD — U.S. Air Force veteran David Hine was honored earlier this month for his years of service to Hancock County veterans.
Hine is a co-founder of the Veterans Memorial Park dedicated in May 2010. Located in downtown Greenfield, the park honors all Hancock County veterans involved in all conflicts.
Hine also works with the Traveling Vietnam Memorial — The Wall that Heals — a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The traveling memorial has been displayed in many communities in Indiana and was brought to Greenfield in 2018. Hine’s dedication to the project allowed veterans from all communities in central Indiana a chance to pay their respects and to build common bonds within the veteran community, notes a news release from Greenfield-based American Legion Dale E. Kuhn Post 119, which adds Hine’s devotion to his community, state and nation is what earned him the inaugural American Legion Post 119 Legionnaire of the Year in 2022.
The Veterans Memorial Fund, Wall of Faces and In Memory Program are just some of the other programs that Hine is involved with.
For his dedication and volunteerism, Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell proclaimed Jan. 21, 2023 as David Hine Day. Hine has also been declared by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb by the petition submitted by Indiana Sen. Michael Crider a member of the Circle of Coradyn, one of the highest awards that may be earned in the state.
Hine was on active duty in the Air Force for 20 years. Afterward, he and his wife Sandy settled in Greenfield and built their family.