A Web-Site of "HomeTown Tributes" . . .

A Photographic Tribute to America's HomeTowns and their People . . . throughout the Decades






























































The City of Dayton

The University of Dayton

America's 50 Governors


America's Town Mayors

in each of those 50 Great States














































Welcome, to Each of You visiting this Site

- To You as a Member of the City of Dayton Community - a Current or a Former Resident, or as a Current or Former City Official of Dayton.

- To You as a Member of the University of Dayton Community - a Member of the Staff, or of the Faculty, as an Alumni, or a Student.

- To each of America's 50 Governors,

- To each of over 36,000 of America's Town Mayors in each of those 50 Great States.

- And also, to each of You who just may have heard about this special Web-Site, and decided to check it out.

Welcome. My name is Stephen Van Hecke. I'm the author of


Thank You for taking these few minutes to visit this rather unique Web-Site. You are one of the very first individuals to be visiting this Site, and reading this Introductory Page. It will take a few minutes, but I think, as you read down the Page, you will find it to be a 'rather interesting read'.

With this Page, I'd like to tell you about . . .

'what's in a name'.


And then, at the bottom of the page, you'll be able to see for yourself, and, I think rather impressively' . . .

'what's, also, in this Name'

"HomeTown Tributes"

That is what this Web-Site is All about !

"HomeTownMemories" and "HomeTown Tributes"

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This one-of-a-kind Web-Site with its "HomeTown Tributes" is all about those Memories that each of us have of that one Town that we think of as 'Home '. And, of course, for many of us in this country that HomeTown is one of over 36,000 Cities and Towns found all throughout America's 50 States.

Our own Family Photo Album, like Family Photo Albums in countless Homes throughout America, and like no other book that we may own, has always allowed us, by just turning its pages, to take us 'back in time', to recall and reminisce with each of its Pages, those special, personal memories that each Photo unfolds for us. Allowing us to remember those earlier days, those other places, those special events, those times with Family and Friends.

Our Family Photo Album holds the Memories

of those Special Times of Our Life !

And, like browsing through those pages of your Family Photo Album, HomeTownMemories.ORG, will allow you with just a Click to browse through the Photographic History and Heritage with each Photo . . . those Memories, if you will, of America's HomeTowns, and of their People from throughout the Decades.

It will allow us to browse through those personal Photographic Memories that each of us have of that one special American Town that we call our own HomeTown.

You'll be able to Click on a State, select a Town, and then, scroll down, and browse through the Photographs of 10 separate 'Feature Sections' that make up each Town's "HomeTown Tribute".

Each Town's "HomeTown Tribute" Features and Showcases with each of its Photographs that Town's History and Heritage, and of their People from throughout the Decades.

A Town's "HomeTown Tribute" will not only Showcase that Town, but will, also, Preserve from natural disaster, that same Photographic History and Heritage of that Town. Preserved for Today, and Preserved for Tomorrow.

Like our own Family Photo Album . . .


with its

"HomeTown Tributes"


America's HomeTown (Family) Photo Album

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Above, I discribed HomeTownMemories.ORG as 'rather unique', and, 'one-of-a-kind' . Each one of us - young and old alike - has a 'HomeTown'. And, each of us have our own Memories of that one Town we like to call 'Home'.

With its 10 special 'Feature Sections' for each Town's "HomeTown Tribute", HomeTownMemories.ORG is like no other web-site, and , as you read on, I think you'll see that it is, indeed, a 'one-of-a-kind' Web-Site for America's HomeTowns.

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and, as for 'unique'

The Web-Site's "HomeTown Tributes"

Why this Web-Site is so very 'unique'

It's about 2 important factors. One Factor, of course, is the uniqueness of each of the 10 individual 'Feature Sections' that make up any Town's "HomeTown Tribute". And, how each 'Feature Section' so uniquely Pays Tribute to that Town and to each HomeTown. A little further down the Page you'll read the List of the individual 'Titles' for each 'Feature Section'. As you read each 'Title' I think you'll discover that each one of the 10 'Feature Sections' in a very unique and significant way, truly does Feature and Pay Tribute to each American HomeTown, and to that Town's People . . . from throughout the Decades.

The second Factor has to do with both the Design, and the Presentation of the Web-Site. What kind of experience will a visitor - like yourself - have when you visit the Web-Site and spend time browsing through its Pages? The most important 'Design' Factor from the beginning has been to give that visitor, like yourself, the opportunity of imagining ( so to speak ) for a few minutes, being able to pick up and open an interesting 'coffee table' book - like those typically larger-sized books that always have lots of pages, and lots and lots of wonderful photographs on just one particular theme.

This Web-Site is intended, in a very deliberate way, to give you - a visitor to this Web-Site - the experience of being able to browse through the Pages of just such a ( so to speak ) very interesting 'coffee table' book. A larger-sized book that has lots and lots of wonderful photos on just one interesting theme . . . a book that might very well be entitled . . .

"The Photo Memories of My HomeTown"

But rather, and in stead of picking up, opening, and turning the actual pages of that "coffee table book", just imagine (again, so to speak ), sitting back for a few minutes, and being able to browse through all of the many Photos of Your Own HomeTown" from throughout the Years, recalling all of the wonderful memories that each of those Photos and, each of its Pages bring back of that one Town that you call 'home'. , and of its People . . . Your HomeTown from throughout the Decades.

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Each of the individual 'Feature Section' pages for each Town's "HomeTown Tribute" has the same 'a Page in a Book' look and design to it. In the same way as the pages of that interesting "coffee table book" mentioned in the above paragraph. The format of each Page is designed to look much like a page in a Book. You'll see that each Page has an identical black-framed border with a red trim - on each side, top and bottom.

And, for those of you, like me, who find the type ( the font ) size for a lot of the text found on the pages of lots of web sites to be too small, and difficult to read.

As you can see on this page, its clear, large and easy to read. And, that's the way it is on every Page.

You will, also, notice, as you browse through it, just how very 'user-friendly' this entire Web-Site is, and how easy it is to navigate. Each page has the same layout and format, and you can easily Click from one 'Feature Section' to another from the top and bottom of each page. And, you'll, also, notice that there are no distracting ads of any type on any of the pages. That is certainly not like most other web-sites.

You will notice in many ways, I think, that this Web-Site is not like any other web-site.

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10 unique 'Feature Sections'

for Each Town's

"HomeTown Tribute"

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- "Our HomeTown . . . Today"

- Our Town's "Logging-On" Ceremony

- Our Town's Written History

- Our Town's Current and Former Mayors

- Our Town's Fire Department and Former Chiefs

- Our Town's Police Department and Former Chiefs

- Our Town's"Fallen Fire Heroes"

- Our Town's"Fallen Police Heroes"

- Our Town's"Fallen Military Heroes" listed by War

- "Photo Memories of My HomeTown"

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Just a little further down the Page, and you'll be Clicking to

America's very FIRST

"HomeTown Tribute"

with its


'Feature Sections'


The City of Dayton, Ohio

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Reaching out to You

As the salutation box at the top indicates, I am reaching out with this Web-Site to the City of Dayton Community and, to the University of Dayton Community, as well as, to each of America's Governors in our 50 States, and to each of the over 36,000 Town Mayors and their HomeTowns in those 50 States.

This Web-Site is not really new, but for the most part, unknown to the general public. Except for a handful of family and friends, who have known all these years that I was designing a Web-Site, that it was my little for-profit business that would someday, Feature and Showcase America's HomeTowns. And, each of them knew about it because I kept on mentioning that I was getting closer and closer to an 'Official Launch' for my Web-Site.

In fact, this Web-Site has been around on the Internet since the Spring of 2001. At that time, I was living in Cranford, New Jersey, and in the process of figuring out how to technically design a different looking kind of web-site of mostly Photographs that would 'Showcase', and 'Pay Tribute' to America's HomeTowns, and their People throughout the Decades. And, to design that web-site so that when browsing through it, people would say, "Wow, what a great Idea"!

And, for the next 9 years while living in New Jersey and then in Mississippi, and then back to New Jersey, I worked on it when I could, while of course, maintaining full-time jobs. The Web-Site kept on developing, and seemed to keep on improving in its design.

The Web-Site has, in fact, had two 'un-official Launches with "Logging-On Ceremonies" for two separate HomeTowns.

In March of 2008, a 'prototype' "HomeTown Tribute" for the Town of Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi was announced with the Town having its official "Logging-On Ceremony" during a media event with the Mayor, the Town Committee and myself.

A similar "Logging-On Ceremony" and media event was, also, held with the Mayor for the Town of Cranford, New Jersey in 2010.

And, since then, and over the years right up to this day, when I would describe the Web-Site to someone, and I really did a lot of that with lots and lots of individuals over these past years, that has been the word that most of them would use "Wow'. And, with that "Wow" from so many, over all these past years, I have been pretty sure that a well-designed, 'one-of-a-kind' Web-Site like the one you are about to experience would, indeed, be a success.

I would, also, like to think that this Web-Site is, in some way, making a positive and meaningful contribution to our Society, and for the People of the United States.

I hope you will agree after browsing through the rest of this Web-Site for yourself.

And now, to announce the in-fact, and for-real 'Official Launch' ( that my Family and Friends have been wondering would ever happen ) has, indeed, arrived.

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And, after Clicking to The City of Dayton's "HomeTown Tribute" - America's FIRST, and after browsing through the 10 'Feature Sections' that Showcase and Paying Tribute to

The City of Dayton . . .

I hope that you, too, will say "Wow, what a Great Idea" !

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To Each of You visiting this Web-Site

I want to say a very sincere, 'Thank You' for reading down through this Introductory Page. I hope you found it to be informative, as well as, having peaked your curiosity about a unique Web-Site consisting of "HomeTown Tributes". A Web-Site that Features and Pays Tribute to America's HomeTowns, HomeTowns like your own, and to the People in those HomeTowns in every one of America's 50 States.

And with its 'Official Launch' this unique Web-Site will Officially "Log-On",

The City of Dayton, Ohio


America's very FIRST

"HomeTown Tribute"

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You may have noticed as you read down through this Introductory Page that there were smaller 'compressed' versions of the top Photo in each of the side columns. Like the compressed 'Dayton' photo above the 'Delco water tower' photo just to the left.

For each first-time visitor to the Web-Site, like perhaps yourself, I hoped that each first-time visitors would begin to read down the Page, and then would continue reading with more and more interest and curiousity down through the entire Introductory Page. And, I would like to think that that is exactly how you just got to this spot. And, I really hope that it has been an interesting read for you.

So, for the next time you visit the Web-Site, and I hope you certainly will, you won't have to scroll all the way down to here in order to Click to some other section of the Site. Just Click on any one of those small 'photos' on either side and it will take you to the Main Menu. And from there to any place on the Web-Site.

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When you Click onto Dayton's "HomeTown Tribute" , you will be taken to Dayton's 'Introductory Tribute' Page entitled - "Our HomeTown . . . Today". You'll see Dayton as the 'Gem City' of . . . Today. It is the first of the ten ( 10 ) 'Feature Sections' that make up Dayton's . . .

"HomeTown Tribute".

Thanks, again, and ENJOY !

So, just Click on the link below that you most identify with. And then, on to America's FIRST -

Dayton, Ohio's "HomeTown Tribute".

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