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Rotary Club Banner Program to Honor Hometown Heroes

March 29th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

For the third year, The Rotary Club of Cumberland is working on a banner project to honor military "Hometown Heroes" in Downtown Cumberland.

"Our Hometown Heroes program was a tremendous success for the past two years. We were thrilled with the response. It was a very emotional program as we heard from family members who wanted to honor their soldiers,” commented Rotarian President Amy Moyer.

“The purpose of this banner project is to pay tribute by honoring and recognizing members of our community, past or present, that are serving or have served in the military. Since May is Military Appreciation Month, we thought this would be a great time to honor our local military heroes."

The banners will be displayed on the Downtown Cumberland light posts from May through the end of August and possibly longer. Due to the construction on Baltimore Street, the banners will be hung on Liberty, Centre and Mechanic Streets. The Rotary Club is coordinating the program with Melinda Kelleher, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Commission. There is a limit of 36 Hometown Heroes banners this year.

Each banner will include a picture of the soldier being honored, the military branch of service, and the years served. The cost for one banner is $150. Each banner is 24 x 36 inches and double-sided. Once the banners are taken down, they will be returned to the family. Each banner is being designed by local advertising/pr agency, McClarran and Williams.

The deadline to reserve a banner is Friday, April 21. To have your hero represented, please email along with a high-resolution photo, military branch of service, and years served. For more information, contact Becky McClarran at 301-697-6676.