‘Hometown Hero’ banner project deadline April 15

From staff reports

NEW BETHLEHEM – The deadline for people to submit military information and photos for Redbank Valley’s “Hometown Hero” veterans banner project is Saturday, April 15.

Ray Ishman initiated the program for honorably discharged veterans or current military personnel who have lived in what is now the Redbank Valley School District.

Enrolled veterans will be featured with a 2- by 3-foot vinyl banner hung on utility poles along Broad Street from the west end of that street to the Redbank Valley High School, and from the Broad-Wood intersection north to the borough line on Route 66.

The colored banners, containing an enlargement of a submitted photo of the honored military service individual, will be in place from before Memorial Day until after Veterans Day in November.

The cost for the large banner – $130 – will also include a 12- by 18-inch banner which the sponsor will also receive.

Information that will be included on the banner with the participant’s photo will be branch and period of service, the individual’s rank, veteran organization affiliation, and listing of awards for valor as documented by the DD 214 official service record, Ishman said

Ishman or others assisting him in the enrollment will be present at the Redbank Valley Public Library on Broad Street from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.