BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The deadline to order a "Hometown Heroes" banner to honor a veteran who lives or has lived in Bernards Township has been extended to Sept. 30.

The banners will be flown at the municipal complex at 1 Collyer Lane, or at another location around the township if more space is needed, during November. "They will be up before the (annual) Field of Honor Dedication ceremony, which is Nov. 1 this year, and remain up until after Thanksgiving," Bernards Parks & Recreation Director Jennifer Gander said this week. 

A donation of $75 is suggested to cover the cost of production. However, the application printed on the Bernards Township website said that the township will "accept any amount you are able to give." Checks should be made payable to “Bernards Township."

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All banners will be displayed; as of Monday, there was room for 15 more banners at the municipal complex. 

Applications, photos and documentation must be received by mail or in person by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, according to the township.

By submitting this form, the applicants approve and authorize the use of their image or family member’s image and name on a Hometown Heroes Banner to be displayed in Bernards Township. Applicants must confirm that the veteran to be honored has served in a conflict in a recognized branch of the military and that he/she resides or once resided in Bernards Township.

Do not send original copies of photos or documentation

Applications must be submitted with the following:

- A photograph of the veteran in military uniform. A high-resolution photo is preferred if available. Printed photos must be on photo paper. Applicants should not send originals photos, because they will not be returned. Digital photos must be in .jpg format and may be emailed to recreation@bernards.org.

A printed copy of the Veteran’s DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty) or other official documentation of individuals service should be included. Again, applicants should not send originals, as they will not be returned.

Applications without the required photo or documentation will not be accepted. 

The completed application form with photo, documentation and donation should be submitted by Sept. 18, 2020 to: Bernards Township Parks & Recreation, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
When the application is processed, a confirmation email will be sent out.

Those with questions should call 908-204-3003, or email recreation@bernards.org. 

The application form is printed online.