The City of Columbus will hold a dedication of the newly completed green space at Indiana Avenue and State Street to the Memorial Life of Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 11:00 am.

Mayor Jim Lienhoop and Columbus Councilman Dascal Bunch will be on hand to offer a few remarks regarding the dedication of the green space to Sgt. Hunter, an east side Columbus resident.

U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, 23, the son of Mark Hunter of Columbus and Kimberly and Brian Thompson of Brown County, died on August 2, 2017, as a result of a suicide car bomb while providing security during his first deployment in Afghanistan.

Hunter, a 2011 Columbus East High School graduate, married Whitney Michelle Hunter on Oct. 15, 2016, and was deployed to Afghanistan on July 1, 2017.

Sgt Hunter received the following military awards: Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Basic Combat and skills Badge, Basic Marksmanship, Qualification Badge (Expert), German Parachutist Badge (Bronze) and Overseas service bar. Awards he received posthumous: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal x2, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, NATO Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge.

The Indiana Avenue green space, one of two newly completed spaces as part of the State Street Bridge and Corridor Project, features a handsomely patterned and pedestrian friendly landscaped brick way, crushed pavement, and puzzle benches.  In addition, engraved bricks adopted by community members in order to celebrate the revitalization of State Street, have been installed as part of the brick way.

The key mission of the State Street project is to create a long-term vision for enhancing the Corridor’s overall land use, economic vitality, and physical appearance and image. For more information, visit the State Street Corridor Project page.