Photo courtesy of Becky Minnich Schaub

(9-6-20) The City of Wapakoneta has long been known for being the boyhood hometown of Astronaut Neil Armstrong. But after today, when members of the community painted the center-line on Auglaize Street in Wapakoneta blue, they will be known for their support of local law officials.

The line was painted in the downtown section of the city by local volunteers of the Wapakoneta Breakfast Optimist Club. This past summer has seen many metropolitan communities and politicians want to defund their police forces…not Wapakoneta…who is not afraid to show their backing for them.

The opposite sign of support came from the Chardon Local Schools this past week when the Superintendent of Schools Michael Hanlon banned the use of the blue line American flag.

As you may be aware, there was a decision by some of our student athletes to carry a blue line American Flag onto the football field on Friday night. Given the turbulent times facing our country right now, this action understandably drew responses on social media and direct communications to district officials.

Based on discussions that ensued over the weekend, it does not appear that this action was motivated by racism, rather a show of support for one of our coaches who serves as a police officer, as well as for the first responders in our community who have developed a special relationship with our school and students in the wake of our school tragedy of February 27, 2012. Nevertheless, it is understandable how this could be interpreted as a racially-motivated action and, therefore, not acceptable in a school community.

A comment on Facebook today

Be nice to see this in Celina as well as other towns/cities!

Don’t be surprised to see more of those lines pained in Stateline area cities.