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
“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