What a great way to honor our local military men and women.

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The Lapeer Hometown Hero project gives friends and family of Veterans and active service members, the opportunity to honor these brave men and women on banners throughout downtown Lapeer. The banners include the name and a picture of the person you want to honor, and what branch of the military they served in, or are currently serving in. According to The County Press, the banners will also contain the following color codes,

  • Blue Star - Active service
  • White Star - Honorably discharged
  • Gold Star - Men and women who have passed away

If you have purchased a banner in the past, it can be rehanged for $20 dollars. If you are purchasing new, cost is $60 dollars. Additional guidelines are as follows,

  1. Honoree must be honorably discharged or deceased or on active duty with any branch of the United States Military.
  2. Honoree must be a Lapeer resident.
  3. Each banner will list the honoree’s name and branch of service and will be proudly displayed on a lamppost in downtown Lapeer.
  4. The Lapeer Main Street DDA will have the sole responsibility of hanging and removal of the banner. Once produced and installed, banners shall remain the property of the City of Lapeer until removed and presented to the family or requester.
  5. The banner will be displayed from Memorial Day to early November and upon removal, the banner will be returned to the person who made the original application request. If the banner starts to show any signs of deterioration before the planned removal date, the banner will be removed and returned to the requester.

Sponsorship and donations opportunities are available to assist families who would like to take part in this program, but cannot afford to purchase a banner. For more on that, click here.

Shout out to the Lapeer DDA for honoring our hometown heroes.

James Alt Facebook

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