A dedication ceremony for the Danbury Hometown Heroes Banner Program will take place on Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 21st. The ceremony will be held at 10am at Danbury City Hall.
The 62 banners honoring local service members, both past and present, are installed on city-owned lamp posts and will be displayed through Veterans Day. Program Coordinator Lee Teicholz says the banners were sold from August through March and display the honorees photo, name, rank, branch of service, era of service, and service dates. Sponsors could also add their name at the bottom of the banner.
He added that the City of Danbury has always been a community, which strongly supports and advocates for military personnel and veterans and the Hometown Heroes Banner Program is just one of many ways that the city shows the brave men and women who have served and those serving this nation today that they will never be forgotten.
State of Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Tom Saadi will be the Master of Ceremonies. Speakers will include Teicholz, Saadi, Mayor Dean Esposito, and Danbury Veterans Affairs Director Dan Hayes. Maggie Cortese will sing the National Anthem, taps will be played by Albert Russo, the 3-volley salute will be done by the Danbury Police Honor Guard, and Deacon William Murphy of St. Gregory The Great Parish will be doing the invocation and benediction.