Hoping to debut in the village of Granville and town of Hampton around May 17, two weeks before Memorial Day, the Slate Valley Military Tribute Banners are going to take the surrounding areas by storm.
Spearheaded by Charlie King of the Robert M. King Funeral Home, the American Legion Post 323 and VFW Post 1653 and installed by the village department of public works, the tribute banners honor active-duty servicemen and women and living and deceased veterans of all military branches.
“We were originally anticipating 25 to 30 (banners),” King said. “We’re right around 130.”
The banners are two-feet by four-feet with the individual’s photo, name, rank, accomplishments and donor honoring the serviceman or woman on one side. The other side of all the banners has the following quote: “To all of our veterans, active-duty military and those preparing today to serve our nation tomorrow, thank you. Giving honor to whom honor is due.”
Being displayed for roughly one month in the timeframe of Memorial Day and Veterans Day in the respective township or village, the banners are produced by the Florida-based company, Military Tribute Banners.
DPW superintendent Scott Mackey is excited with the progress being made by his staff and cannot wait to start hanging the banners on telephone or electric poles.
“We are currently waiting for steel we ordered to fabricate 80 banner arms,” Mackey said. “Everything seems to be very slow to get. Hopefully, we will have banner arms completed in a few weeks.”
Mackey added that he does not expect any issues with the installation of the banner on each side of a telephone or electric pole.
“We will definitely give our new bucket truck a workout,” he said.
The Slate Valley Military Tribute Banner project is trying to draw interest in the towns of Wells, Vermont and Pawlet, Vermont. King said he is aiming for a quota of at least four banners per town. King wanted to note for those who are interested in making the $150 purchase for a banner to honor a loved one, he cannot guarantee that it will be hung up by Memorial Day due to the deadline being March 9. However, the checks made payable to the Legion Post 323, 10 Columbus Street, Granville, NY, 12832 will still be accepted and should have those banners up for Veterans Day.