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Honoring hometown heroes on banners: Borough plans to place signs around town to recognize military

By David Barr, davidbarr@pressandjournal.com
Posted 3/15/17

Inspired by her own family, Middletown Councilwoman Diana McGlone is giving Middletown residents the opportunity to express their patriotic pride.

McGlone is starting a program called the …

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Honoring hometown heroes on banners: Borough plans to place signs around town to recognize military

This banner represents what the Middletown Hometown Heroes Banners might look like when they are placed around town.
This banner represents what the Middletown Hometown Heroes Banners might look like when they are placed around town.
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Inspired by her own family, Middletown Councilwoman Diana McGlone is giving Middletown residents the opportunity to express their patriotic pride.

McGlone is starting a program called the Middletown Hometown Heroes Banner Program, a “tribute to recognize service men and women from Middletown who have served or are serving our country in a branch of the military.”

McGlone’s son, Dan, is a Purple Heart medal recipient from wounds sustained in combat in Afghanistan. He served with the Army 1st Stryker Brigade, 1-25 Infantry Division. 

“He’s the personal inspiration behind the banners and also my father, who is a retired Army colonel,” she said.

She said she is proud of her son serving his country, and of all the other military men and women “who without hesitation would give up their life in defense of our nation, our families and our principles.” 

Each banner will have the soldier’s picture, name, branch of service, and the time the veteran served. The information will be displayed on both sides of heavy-duty vinyl banners that will be placed on street poles for two years. Decommissioned banners will be returned to the family or sponsor.

McGlone said the banners will be up in time for Memorial Day and will be taken down in September, with specific dates still to be worked out for this year. The time frame allows the banners to be seen in the summer during Memorial Day and Independence Day, and then taken down to reduce wear and tear in the winter.

The banners will be installed on Main Street and both North and South Union streets, with the possibility of expanding to Vine Street if there are enough requests.

McGlone said she had seen other communities perform similar acts of recognition for military heroes, but it wasn’t until she saw a catalogue aimed at municipalities with items or suggestions that would beautify the community that she decided now was the time to bring this program to Middletown.

“I very much support the military. It’s very important that we recognize our military families and our military heroes,” McGlone said. “I hope to see this program around for many years.”

McGlone is not alone in her belief that this could be a positive for Middletown. VFW Post 1620 Commander Ricky Snyder Jr. agreed that this project is “a great idea.”

“I’ll be curious to see how many of these go up,” Snyder said in an email, given how many veterans there are in Middletown.

Banners created this spring will last for the summer of 2017 and 2018 with a life expectancy of three years. Residents will have the option of starting to apply for banners for next year in the fall. A specific date or time frame has not been determined.

Applications for banner purchases are due to McGlone by March 28. The cost is $85. A check or money order can be made to the borough of Middletown. Applications and payments can be mailed to borough of Middletown/Diana McGlone, 60 W. Emaus St., Middletown, PA 17057.

Applications can be picked up at the borough office; they can be found on the borough website at www.middletownborough.com/HometownHeros.pdf; or those interested can contact McGlone at 717-329-8102 or via email at dmcglone@middletownborough.com.

If residents don’t have a soldier or veteran they would like to honor but would like to be involved via a sponsorship or a contribution, they can speak with McGlone.

“It’ll put a face with the name and reflect on the sacrifices they have made for our country,” McGlone said.

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