SCHENECTADY — Nominations are now underway to identify eligible honorees to be included in the annual Hometown Heroes Banner Program.
Applications must be submitted to the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC) by Friday.
DSIC and the City of Schenectady partner every year for the effort, which displays banners emblazoned with images of local residents who served in the military on downtown utility poles.
The program recognizes both active-duty service members and veterans, living or deceased.
“A public nominations process is currently underway to identify eligible honorees for banners without specific honorees designated by the sponsoring company,” said DSIC in a news release.
To qualify, honorees must meet one or more of the following requirements:
- A current Schenectady County resident;
- Born and raised in Schenectady County;
- Graduated from one of Schenectady County’s five school districts;
- Serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard or a veteran, living or deceased, who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard and has been honorably discharged.
Nomination forms can be downloaded at downtownschenectady.org and must be submitted to the DSIC by Friday.
All qualified nominees will go into a lottery to be selected for a banner.
Those who are chosen will be notified no later than the week of April 22.
The banners will be displayed on downtown light poles from June to November. Two-hundred veterans have been recognized since the program’s inception.
Additional sponsorships are also still available at $300 per banner.