The first set of banners will be hung in downtown Moose Jaw as part of the city’s Heritage Advisory Committee’s Veterans Banner Program.
A total of 23 banners will be hung on light poles on Main Street from Manitoba Street to Cordova Avenue honouring local veterans.
The banners will include a picture and the name of the veteran being honoured. Coun. Crystal Froese sits on the Heritage Advisory Committee. She said more information about the veterans on the banners can also be found on the city’s website.
“You’re going to see the banners up on our website with a little bio of each veteran as well. Even though you can see them on Main Street, you can see a little bit more in-depth information including their rank, any awards that they’ve had and a little bit of history that the families have provided,” Froese said.
Froese also thanks Stella Richards, who took the lead on the project, as well as advisory committee members Janie Fries, John Bye, Dave Wentworth and Doug Young. She also recognized Director of Parks and Recreation Derek Blais and Advisory Committee Secretary Natasha Oegema for their work on the project.
A maximum of 40 banners can be hung downtown. Because of the limited numbers, banners are chosen through an application process.
Once an application is approved, the banner will be hung during the month of November for three consecutive years.
“Each applicant that was approved this year has a three-year term associated with it. So, any new applicants next year would also get a three-year term,” Blais explained.
Those who have a successful application also have the option of purchasing the banner for $330. The cost includes the production of the banner, shipping and the annual installation and removal of the banner, However, the applicant will own the banner.
Applications are usually taken in early March until early April.
You can find more information about the Veterans Banner Program at https://moosejaw.ca/veteranbanners/.
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