BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Following through on the report of a task force set up this year to honor area veterans, the township is now seeking applications for the Hometown Heroes Banner Program.

Area residents are being asked to submit an application to honor a veteran who currently lives or has lived in Bernards Township, and has served in conflict, with a Hometown Heroes Banner. 

Banners will be displayed on light poles at the Municipal Complex at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge. A donation of $75 is suggested to help offset the cost of banner production. Checks should be made payable to Bernards Township.

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The banners would be put up on appropriate holidays, such as Memorial Day and July 4, Mayor James Baldassare said after the task force's creation was approved in late January. When the task force was set up earlier this year, the mayor said it is possible that the group will address other veterans-related projects later in the year.

Deadline for applications set for Monday, March 16

Applications, photos and documentation will be accepted in person or by mail to the Parks & Recreation Office, also located at town hall at 1 Collyer Lane. The deadline for applications has been set for 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16.

Due to space limitations on municipal property, the number of banners requests is limited to a maximum of 50.

The application form is available online on the Bernards Township website. The application lists required information to be submitted, such as a photo of the veteran in military uniform, and a printed copy of the Veteran’s DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty) or other official documentation of the individual's service. Applicants are reminded to NOT send originals of discharge papers, since they will not be returned.