By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — The second annual Northumberland County Hometown Veterans Banners program is extending its deadline to purchase banners by 20 days because of the amount of calls from interested residents.
The Sunbury Revitalization Inc. committee decided to extend the March 1 deadline to March 22, SRI President Meghan Beck said.
“We had a huge amount of requests for re-hanging of banners,” she said. “So we decided to let people know we were extending the deadline so they can get a chance to get a hold of us if they are interested.”
More than 75 banners were sold in 2012.
Beck said anyone who purchased a banner last year can re hang those banners at half the price. New banners cost $200, but banners that are reused will cost $100, Beck said.
“We are very excited to now offer those that participated in the program last year an opportunity to continue honoring their veteran,” Beck said. “We are happy to do this for those folks.”
The program was initiated after former Elm Street Manager Kristen McLaughlin visited Lock Haven, which started a similar program a few years ago.
McLaughlin brought the initiative back to Sunbury and described it as a “terrific program.”
The City Council loved the idea and voted in favor of allowing Sunbury Revitalization Inc. to use street light posts to hang the 18- by 36-inch banners that bear photographs of county military personnel who served in any branch at any time.
Each banner includes the soldier’s name, era and branch of service, a photo, hometown and sponsor name.
The banners will hang on Front Street and Market Street between May and November, and Beck said the push is on to sell.
Banners come down in November and are cleaned before being returned to the soldier or his or her family.
There are 99 posts on Market Street and 66 on Front Street that can be used for the project, and SRI will do all the work for the $200 or $100 price tag.
The banners that will be re-hung will be in a separate location that SRI will announce later, Beck said.
In addition to being available at the SRI and mayor’s offices in the Sunbury Municipal Building at 225 Market St., forms for sponsorships and to submit photos are available at the following locations: Northumberland County Veterans Affairs, 399 S. Fifth St., American Legion Post 201, 611 Market St., and Thomas-Brill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 2 Shikellamy Road, all in Sunbury.
Susquehanna Bank locations in Sunbury, Shamokin, Kulpmont, Mount Carmel, Milton and Pillow also have forms.
Forms and photos must be submitted to the SRI office before March 22. If a sponsor cannot make it in, special arrangements can be made by contacting SRI. An unveiling ceremony is scheduled for May 4.
For information, call SRI at 286-7768 or visit email@example.com.