A new banner program will look to honor active or past military veterans in the heart of Downtown DeLand.
(DeLand, FL) – A new banner program will look to honor active or past military veterans in the heart of Downtown DeLand.
The Hometown Heroes Military Banner program, approved Monday night by the City Commission, 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 new program will initially honor more than 100 veterans over a three-year period after Florida Hospital DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial agreed to sponsor the initiative for that time-span.
Applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is free and open to DeLand residents only or a veteran’s immediate family member that lives in DeLand.
“Many of our veterans and their families often make enormous sacrifices,” said Mayor Robert F. Apgar, who is a veteran. “DeLand prides itself with being a patriotic community and celebrating our veterans. This program is a manifestation of DeLand’s patriotism and it will be a great way for the city and community to pay tribute for everything active serving military and veterans have done for us.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the City of DeLand to recognize the heroes in our community who have bravely served our country. We are all grateful for their personal sacrifice, serving this great nation,” Florida Hospital DeLand CEO Lorenzo Brown and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial CEO Rob Deininger said in a joint statement. “Within our Florida Hospital family, many of our care team members have also had careers in the U.S. military. We are proud of their dedicated service and they are terrific members of our hospital team.”
During the month of July, street pole banners will be placed along Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand with a veteran displayed on both sides. Each banner will include a picture of the veteran, their branch of service and years served.
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 on the third floor at City Hall. Other 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.
The application is also available to download or print at home at www.deland.org/resources/hometown-heroes-military-banner-program/ and applications along with necessary documentation may be emailed to Coco Montanez at firstname.lastname@example.org.