EDITORIAL: Honor hometown military heroes with a banner


This may be the closest any of these local heroes gets to the parade through the streets of their hometown.
A banner, hung from the lamp posts throughout the community where they grew up, on display for all to recognize their service and remember their sacrifices.
For the seventh year, the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC) and city of Schenectady are partnering to honor current enlisted personnel and veterans, both alive and deceased, through the Hometown Heroes Banner Program.
Nominations are currently being accepted through Friday, March 26.
This is a chance to recognize our military personnel with a prominent place of honor in downtown Schenectady, to be seen by individual community members, visitors, businesses and family members.
Each of the banners, which will be displayed downtown from late May through mid-November, will honor a specific Schenectady County service member with a large photo, along with the soldier’s rank and branch of service.
To be eligible, a service member must be a current county resident, born and raised in Schenectady County and/or have graduated from one of the county’s school districts. In addition, the service member has to be either an active duty member of the Armed Forces or National Guard, or a military veteran, living or deceased, who served in the Armed Forces or National Guard and has been honorably discharged.
There’s no cost to nominate someone. But you can guarantee your service member will be honored by sponsoring a banner. Sponsorships can come from family members, businesses, individuals and organizations, and are available for $300 each.
The name(s) of the sponsor will be prominently displayed on each banner.
If you or a family member is currently in the service or has served in the military, we encourage you to nominate them for a banner. And we encourage citizens, businesses and organizations to sponsor the banners.
We can only do so much to say thank you to the men and women who make the sacrifice to protect us so we can enjoy our freedoms.
The Hometown Heroes Banner Program is an excellent way to show our gratitude.
To nominate an individual or to sponsor a banner, visit downtownschenectady.org/ and click on the sample of banners at the top of the page.

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One Comment

William Marincic

This is a great program, my daughter was a Hometown Hero, one night my daughter and her friends walked out of Bombers and her Banner was right outside the door. What a great way to recognize those that put their lives on the line for us.

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