It was no surprise that the Redbank Valley community came together to support and honor their local Hometown Heroes.

Because of their support, 196 banners were purchased. Due to deadlines, 12 families were informed their banners would not be finished in time to be hung this year. There are presently 184 banners proudly displayed along Broad and Wood streets in New Bethlehem and South Bethlehem.

The first year of our banner project culminated in a hayride which was attended by 80 very happy riders.

The Hometown Hero Project was very well received. We will once again run the program for any families who would like to honor family members who served their country by purchasing banners.

We will provide further information to the public in December. Applications will be accepted beginning in January 2018.

RAY ISHMAN

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