Hometown Heroes Banner Program for the City of Utica.

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Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri, in partnership with the Oneida Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 490 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 944, today announced a Hometown Heroes Banner Program for the City of Utica.

The mission of the Utica Hometown Heroes Banner Program is to place banners honoring our Veterans, either living or deceased, who have served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. The banners will be located along the Memorial Parkway (from Mohawk Valley Community College to Genesee Street) up until Veterans Day.

Community involvement is key to the success of this initiative. Residents can participate, and honor a family member or loved one who served our country, by submitting a photo of a Veteran and indicating the branch they served and their years of service. There is a limited number of poles and banners will be made on a “first come, first serve basis” and preference will be given to Veterans from Utica. Each banner costs $110.

To have a banner made in honor of a Veteran, the submission form can be found at Individuals can submit the form, upload the picture and make payment on the website. The Hometown Heroes Banner Program Committee thanks Professional Media Services, Inc. for their assistance and support of this initiative.

In addition, this effort has received generous support from the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), the Utica Comets and Harley Davidson of Utica.

Mayor Palmieri stated, “We can never do enough to honor our Veterans. The City of Utica is proud to join forces with local businesses and organizations to support the Hometown Heroes Banner Program. This initiative is a great way for families and friends to express their appreciation for a loved one who has served our country.”

Vice President of NYSCOPBA John Harmon stated, "As a Veteran and Vice President of NYSCOPBA that has thousands of proud veterans within our organization, NYSCOPBA is honored to partner with the City of Utica and DAR to be a sponsor of this amazing opportunity acknowledging the sacrifices of our past and present Armed Forces heroes.”

President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 944 Tom Buono stated, “The VVA is honored to partner with the DAR Oneida Chapter, the MOPH Chapter 490 along with our sponsors and Mayor Palmieri to initiate the Hometown Heroes Banner Program.”

Regent of the Oneida Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Suzanne Bellinger stated, “It is part of our mission to promote patriotism. Supporting our veterans is part of that, and we are thrilled to be part of this program. We are honored to be working with the MOPH Chapter 490 and the VVA Chapter 944. The support from the City of Utica, Mayor Palmieri and the sponsors is going to make this project quite a success.”