Hometown Heroes: Banners will be back in Greencastle

Hometown Heroes banners will be back in Greencastle this year, lining the streets in honor of the community’s veterans and service men and women.

Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce began the program in January of 2020, partnering with the VFW Post 6319 and the American Legion Post 373. The mission: “ … to honor and recognize Greencastle-Antrim servicemen and women who are serving, have served or have given their lives for our country in the United States Armed Forces.”

The program was a huge success last year, with 175 banners representing Greencastle borough and Antrim Township Hometown Heroes. It triggered a decision to accept another round of orders this year, through March 15. 

Banners will be back
Senior Vice Commander of VFW Post 6319 Mike Blank, left, and Commander of American Legion Post 373 Larry Pittman, right, display the first of Greencastle’s Hometown Hero banners raised in the Square in the spring of 2020. (Submitted phoro)

The nominee must meet the following requirements:

  • Have lived in the Greencastle-Antrim area at some point in their lifetime;
  • Be Serving or have served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard or Coast Guard;
  • Meet one of the following criteria: currently serving, honorably discharged or killed in action.

The Chamber asks for a $175 donation with each application submission. That covers the production, installation, storage and removal of the banner. The Chamber plans to display the banners annually from May through Veteran’s Day in November.

Banners will be on display for two years, then become the property of the owner. The banners can be displayed in subsequent years with a $35 for installation and removal fee. 

Banner applications are available at the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, 217 East Baltimore Street; at the VFW Post 6319, 408 South Washington Street, Greencastle; American Legion Post 373, 99-1 Railroad Street, Greencastle, or online at this link

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