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City Council Considers Military Appreciation Banner Program


April 18, 2018

Patricia St. Louis

Two of the samples displayed during last week's presentation by Fountain City Councilmember Sharon Thompson who spoke about a new program in which local families could honor their active duty servicemembers. The program will begin accepting applications after Memorial Day and will be conducted on a "first come, first served" basis. Banners will be displayed from January through November.

At its April 10 meeting, the Fountain City Council heard from Councilmember Sharon Thompson about a special program that would allow for the display of military appreciation banners around the city.

She explained the program would be entitled Fountain's "Hometown Heroes" Military Appreciation Banner program to honor active members of the Armed Forces.

Families will be able to purchase a banner on behalf of their immediate family members who are currently serving on active duty. Banners would be on display for slightly less than one year, going up in January as city crews remove holiday lighting, and would be removed in November when the holiday lighting goes back up.

Thompson said the program should be entirely funded through applicant fees. Estimates are that the cost of a banner will be around $150 or less, and final details are still being worked out. Sales could begin as soon as Memorial Day and the first banners would be put up in January, 2019.

Thompson explained there are 60 polices that can be used and it would be a requirement that the servicemember be a resident of the City of Fountain or a customer of Fountain Utilities.

Additional options for gold star banners in the event of the servicemember's death were also discussed.

She said she had looked at past old town studies, and how past Mayor Jeri Howells oversaw the construction of the Veterans Memorial and Wall of Honor and said this would be a wonderful way to honor local servicemembers and to support our members of the Armed Services.


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