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By Sharon Thompson
Fountain City Council 

Fountain set to expand Military Appreciation Banner Program

 

Last updated 11/11/2020 at 10:34am



Two years ago the city began a program of putting up banners on light poles for active duty military personnel in our community. The banners were paid for by immediate family members who lived within the Fountain Utilities area and wanted to honor their loved one.

The program is expanding this year to not only include active duty military personal, but those who have served and been honorably discharged. I am so excited to expand this program and to see more banners flying on the light posts from January to November honoring the military in our community past and present.

Over the past couple of years, I have been asked why the program only included active military personnel, and the simple answer is: we wanted to begin somewhere and this seemed like a way to begin without being overwhelmed. Now, with a couple of years behind us and experience in banner materials and designs, we are moving onto the second phase to include more people who live in the Fountain Utilities area. The application and guidelines are available on the city website and the time to apply is NOW because the banners will begin being installed as the holiday decorations come down from the light poles. When taken down, the banner becomes the property of the person who sponsored it. We also accept donations for this program if you would like to pay for a veteran who may not be able to or if you would like to help pay for a banner that would be supplied upon request, at no charge to the family, for a Gold Star banner.

For more information or to apply: https://www.fountaincolorado.org/residents/about_fountain_/fountain_cares/military_appreciation_banner

One last thing, since Veteran’s Day is this week, I wanted to thank all the Veterans in our community and their families for your service to our country. Please visit the cities website on Veteran’s Day for a tribute to honor you, stop by the wall at Mayor’s Park for a moment to reflect as I will be as I find once again my dad’s brick honoring his service in the navy for what he always drilled into us is “the greatest country in the world.”

Council member Thompson

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