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Street pole and online Hometown Heroes Military Banners are now available from the city of Santa Clarita.

Familiar faces are once again proudly displayed on streetlight pole banners throughout the city.

The city’s Hometown Heroes Military Banners program honors actively serving military members from the Santa Clarita Valley with banners displayed three times a year on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Veterans Day.

Banners highlighting the SCV’s Fallen Warriors are also posted along the Fallen Warriors Memorial Bridge on Golden Valley Road.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger recently made a $5,000 donation to the program, matching a donation from the City. This allows families who can’t afford banners to be able to recognize their loved ones.

“I’m honored to join the city of Santa Clarita in this special effort to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our Hometown Heroes – the men and women in the armed forces who call this community home,” Barger said.

The banners were installed at the end of last month in time for the Veterans Day ceremonies last weekend. They will remain up through the New Year, allowing family and friends to see their loved one’s face every day – even if they are miles away this holiday season.

“Our military families are incredibly proud of their heroes and the important job they are doing – but that doesn’t make their absence any easier,” said Santa Clarita City Councilmember Bob Kellar.

“The holiday season is especially tough for families of active-duty military,” Kellar said. “Our Hometown Hero Banners give them a chance to see their loved one every time they are out and about in Santa Clarita. They’ve told me the sense of pride that gives them is indescribable.”

Earlier this year the city launched a new Hometown Heroes website to better recognize our men and women in uniform. This beautiful and patriotic website features a search function, which allows visitors to the site to view the city’s heroes by military branch and rank.

Friends and family are now able to submit a request to honor actively-serving military members from the Santa Clarita Valley with a free digital banner on the Hometown Heroes website.

An online request form is available at santa-clarita.com/heroes.

Each street pole and digital banner features the military member’s photograph, name, rank and branch of the military they serve. The online banner will display the same information as the street pole banners do, with the added option of including a short description, and will be on display on the City’s Hometown Heroes Military Banner Program website.

As an ongoing program, orders will be accepted at any time. Each banner costs $417.50 plus tax, but thanks to generous sponsors, a special $100 discounted rate is currently available and other sponsorships are available for those in need.

The price includes the installation and removal of the banners. When the Hometown Hero is no longer in the service, the family gets to keep the banner as a memento.

Please consider giving the gift of a Hometown Hero banner this holiday season.

For more information, contact Councilmember Kellar at bkellar@santa-clarita.com or visit santa-clarita.com/heroes.

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