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Applications being accepted for 2019 Hometown Heroes program

August 14, 2018

The City of DeLand will begin accepting applications August 1 for the 2019 Hometown Hero Military Banner program.

The Hometown Heroes Military Banner program launched earlier this year seeks to honor those who are currently or have valiantly served with the U.S. Armed Forces including those who died in the line of duty. The program will initially honor about 100 veterans over a three-year period after Florida Hospital DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial agreed to sponsor the initiative during that time-span.

Banners for the 2018 campaign were placed in Downtown DeLand during the months of June and July.

“It has been great to see the faces of our area veterans lining Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand,” said Mayor Bob Apgar. “This program has been a very well-received in its first year and I am glad the city was able to partner with Florida Hospital DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial to make this endeavor possible. My hope is we can continue this tradition well into the future and this becomes something our residents look forward to every year.”

Applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is free and open to DeLand-area residents only or a veteran’s immediate family member that lives in DeLand. Veterans or families of the veterans participating will also receive a smaller replica banner to display at home courtesy of Trophy Factory. Express Printing is producing the banners.

For people that wish to apply, they may fill out an application by going to the third floor at City Hall or apply online. Documents that will be needed before an application is accepted include proof of residency, verification of active or past military service as well as honorable discharge (DD-214 form) and a large, high-quality photograph of the service person in uniform.

For more information on the DeLand Hometown Heroes program, please contact Chris Graham at 386-626-7117 or via email at grahamc@deland.org.

Among the 2018 honorees:

·         97-year-old World War II veteran Fred Otto.

·         Harrison Griffin, who was awarded the Bronze Star from his service in World War II. Griffin would later become a DeLand Municipal Judge in 1969 and three years later was elected Volusia County Judge until 1992 when he became a Senior Judge until 2000.

·         Jack Shambach, who was killed in action after his aircraft was shot down over Italy during World War II. 

·         Bronze Star recipient Scott Zender, who served two tours in Iraq with the United State Marine Corps. He is also a City of DeLand employee.

·         Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Charles Williams.

·         Richard Brague, a U.S. Force pilot who served during the Vietnam War.

·         Father and son Lee Lewis Jr. and Lee Lewis III

·         Alonso, Mitchel and Terrian Givens – father, son and brother who all served in the U.S. Army.

·         Clarence Ingram, who was a intelligence courier during the Vietnam War. He would later become an educator at Pierson Elementary School, where he taught for 17 years.

To view all of the 2018 Hometown Heroes, click here.

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