Danbury is looking to honor local members of the Armed Forces. The Danbury Veterans Affairs Office has launched a Hometown Heroes Banner Program. The digitally printed double sided vinyl banners will be placed lampposts on White Street between Holley Lane and 5th Avenue, each honoring a service member, from Memorial Day through Veterans Day.
Current and past Danbury residents will be featured on the 18” x 36” banners with name, rank, branch of service, era of service, years of service, photo, and optional donor information. Banners cost $160 and orders must be received by March 31, 2022 to allow time for printing and installation by Memorial Day.
Profits from the program will be used to help support veteran services within the City of Danbury.
After Veterans Day they will be stored for the winter and can be redisplayed the following year, depending on space availability, at a cost of $80. Otherwise they can be returned to the donor at their request. New applications will take precedence over redisplayed banners.
Program Coordinator Lee Teicholz says seeing the banners will be a reminder of the sacrifices local veterans have made to protect our freedoms. He added that Danbury continues to be a community which strongly supports and advocates for its military personnel and veterans.
The application can be downloaded from the website, danburyhometownheroes.org, or by stopping in at the Danbury Veterans Affairs Office in the Patrick R. Waldron Veterans Hall on Memorial Drive. Applications require the filled out form, a photograph of the hero in uniform, proof of honorable discharge and a check.
There are only 42 display locations available, so applications will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. If the maximum banner capacity is reached, residents will be placed on a list for their banner to be displayed the following year. Additional display locations may be added in the future depending on the success of the program.