The Town of Babylon recently announced its Hometown Heroes Banner Program will begin accepting applications early next year to honor local military service men and women with a banner hanging on lamp posts between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day in 2021.
The program is an effort to honor veterans while beautifying downtown areas currently administered by the Lindenhurst Kiwanis in the Village of Lindenhurst. Banners feature the names and photos of service men and women from the Town of Babylon.
Applications for the program will become available in January of 2021. The banner will cost $200, with a portion of the proceeds going to a veterans-related charitable organization. In addition to the banner that will hang outside, program participants will also receive a 4”x6” print of the banner, a digital version, and the chance to share your loved ones service story to a page on the Town of Babylon and Lindenhurst Kiwanis websites.
“Here in the Town of Babylon, we always go the extra mile to honor our servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms,” said Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer. “This is a unique way to honor our veterans and add an extra element to our downtowns.”
The project first took off in the town after the mothers of two active duty service members, Carolyn Mormino and Jeanine Walther, came to Supervisor Rich Schaffer with the idea. From there, the Town’s Beautification Program, led by Director Viscel Moore, was contacted by Ralph Somma of the Lindenhurst Kiwanis, who agreed to carry the village's program out across the town.
More information can be found on the Town of Babylon website here.