For many of the residents of O’Fallon, military service is not an abstract concept. It’s something that they have done, their family has done, their friends or loved ones have done. With its close relationship to Scott Air Force Base, O’Fallon is home to many veterans and families of service members.
The O’Fallon Hometown Heroes Banner project is designed to pay tribute to the many members of the United States Armed Forces who have lived in our town. In its inaugural year, the project will feature 40 banners dedicated to individual service members, placed on light poles in downtown O’Fallon. For some families, the banners offer a way to celebrate service members who are no longer with them. O’Fallon resident Shelby Blanchard Stogner says, “My father, retired Air Force SMSgt. James Blanchard, passed away before his first grandchild was born. I will be very proud to be able to show my son his grandpa’s picture hanging from a banner every time we drive through town.” Hometown Heroes banners are also a great way to celebrate O’Fallon residents who are currently active duty service members, or those who have retired or been honorably discharged. Banner applications are due by November 15, 2017.
Contact Information for the Hometown Heroes Program:
Banners are 18"x36" and will be hung along O’Fallon streets from February 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018. When the banners come down, there will be a Recognition Ceremony to return the banners to individuals/family members.
What is it?
The O’Fallon Hometown Heroes Banner Project is an opportunity for citizens of our town to honor local military members who have served their country. For its inaugural year, the Project will place 40 banners along light poles in downtown O’Fallon. Banners will hang from February 2018 until October 2018.
Who is eligible?
Each banner will honor an individual service member, including active duty service members, retired and honorably discharged veterans, and memorials to service members who are no longer with us.
How can I participate?
If you would like to have a banner dedicated to a service member in your family, please complete this form. The cost for each 18"×36" inch banner is $110, and families will be able to keep the banners when they come down in October 2018. Applications should be sent by November 15, 2017.
Visit the Hometown Heroes Website Here: http://hometownheroesil.com/