Hometown Heroes Banner Program Honors Parma Veterans
The city of Parma and American Legion Post 572 are promoting a new Hometown Heroes street banner program to honor the service and sacrifice of Parma’s veterans. The 2-by-4 foot patriotic banners will line the road that leads to Veterans Memorial Park at 6328 State Road. The city is purchasing the brackets and will install the banners. When American Legion Post 572 approached the city to partner on the banner program, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter thought it was the perfect fit. “Putting the banners in Veterans Memorial Park is a fitting tribute for those who sacrificed so much for us,” DeGeeter said. “It’s a way to honor our Parma veterans and neighbors.”
The banners will be on display for one year, starting the first week of November and prior to Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The display will also mark the American Legion’s national centennial celebration, which is running from August 2018 through Veterans Day 2019. “The banners are a small way we can acknowledge the sacrifice many of our neighbors have made serving our community,” said Joe Ruland, American Legion First Vice Commander of District 13. “Our local veterans and active-duty service members are heroes, and the program allows Parma to proudly honor them throughout the year.” Each banner will display a veteran’s photo, name, service branch and military service information. The banners will be given to the families after the display period ends.
“Thanks to our partnership with the city and support of Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, we can offer a banner to a resident for $99 or to an American Legion member for $75,” Ruland explained. “We are also accepting donations from residents and businesses to help cover costs.” Space is limited. So far, more than 20 banners have been sold. For more information or to order a banner, contact Joe Ruland at 440-281-4955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communications Director, City of Parma, Mayor's Office