2023 Hometown Heroes banners unveiled in Schenectady

The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation unveils Hometown Heroes banners at the GE Theatre in Proctors on Tuesday.
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The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation unveils Hometown Heroes banners at the GE Theatre in Proctors on Tuesday.

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SCHENECTADY — Korean War veteran August Kruman’s memory lives on.

Not only does his school-age great grandson share the same name, but a banner honoring his service will soon hang near the corner of State  and South Ferry streets in Schenectady. August Kruman died in 2004 at 69 years old. 

“It’s very emotional,” said his daughter Vanessa Kruman. 

The banner was among 48 new displays unveiled by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation’s Hometown Heroes program on Tuesday. About 100 banners are expected to line State Street and a portion of Clinton Street from late May to November. 

All honorably discharged military service members — dead or alive — qualify for the program if they’ve lived in Schenectady County or have graduated from one of six school districts based within the area. The group has put up more than 350 banners to date. 

“It can be a little awkward sometimes because a lot of us just think of it as work and a job like everybody else does,” Jonathan Hall, a U.S. Army combat officer from 1998 to 2009, said about being honored.  

When program applications launched in January, Tanya Hall nominated her husband without expecting any help (each banner request costs $300). His display was among 15 banners sponsored on a first-come, first-serve basis by Broadview Federal Credit Union.

“When we see these beautiful banners lining our beautiful streets of Schenectady, it should be a reminder that everyday should be Veteran’s Day,” Broadview Chief Community Officer Kathleen Lanni said at the event

The company, formed in a merger of Cap Com and SEFCU, has been a consistent sponsor of the Hometown Heroes program since its 2015 debut. Other sponsors this year include Marshall & Sterling Upstate Inc, Rivers Casino and Peterson, Campoli & Associates CPAs.

Tyler A. McNeil can be reached at 518-395-3047 or [email protected] Follow him on Facebook at Tyler A. McNeil, Daily Gazette or Twitter @TylerAMcNeil.

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