Hamburg’s Hometown Heroes banner project is looking for veterans to be featured on street banners next year.
The banners, with photos of the veterans in uniform, will be erected on utility poles in the Village of Hamburg between April 1 and just past Veterans Day. The banners are hung on Buffalo Street from Legion Drive to Union Street, and on Main Street between Center and Lake streets.
A number of families of Vietnam veterans have submitted photos and information on their loved ones, said Sue Jantzi, organizer of the project.
“It’s very rewarding for the families,” she aid. “It’s kind of a way to finally honor them for their service.”
Veterans must be a past or present resident of Hamburg. They may be alive or deceased.
Applications are available at Hamburg village and town halls, and are processed in the order in which they are received. After Veterans Day, the banners are given to the soldier’s family as a keepsake. Families also are asked to carry the banners in the annual Memorial Day parade.
Donations from individuals, churches, businesses, veterans’ families and local groups have funded the project since its inception about six years ago. An account is set up at M&T Bank in Hamburg. The banners cost $125, but families are not charged, Jantzi said.
Jantzi said some families request certain locations for their banners, either keeping several family members’ banners near one another or having a banner erected near someone’s home.
“There’s a lot of meaningful locations. If they request it, I try really hard to have the village hang it there,” she said.
To really appreciate the banners, Jantzi suggests walking through the village and reading the banners.
“It’s been a great program, very rewarding,” she said.