SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As we approach Veterans Day on November 11, the Township of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood have begun to honor local vets and those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces with Hometown Heroes banners along the lampposts on Park Ave., Martine Ave., Front Street, South Ave., and other streets.
The banner program recognizes veterans (living and deceased) and active military personnel who live or have lived in Scotch Plains or Fanwood. The program is sponsored by St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church, in partnership with American Legion Post 209 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10122.
Each banner includes the name, photograph, branch of service, and years of service of each veteran. Families of the vets honored their loved ones by submitting an application and photo. The program honors individuals who served in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, Merchant Marines, and Women Air Force Service Pilots (World War II).
This year, the program will honor approximately 100 veterans. The banners will remain in place for several weeks before being removed to save them from the harsh winter weather. They will be put up again before Memorial Day 2019.