BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Council members and residents learned an anonymous donor stepped forward and will pay for the entire cost of the Hometown Heroes Banner program.

Mayor Robert Woodruff made the announcement early in the March 7 Township Council meeting. The Hometown Hero Banner program will honor both former and active members of the military for their service to the United States of America. The banner program seeks to recognize those Veterans (living or deceased) and Active Military who have lived in Berkeley Heights or currently reside or work here and have served in the the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard.

The banners, which will feature a photograph of a veteran, the branch of the service in which he or she served, and the dates of their service or war. Each side of the banner will feature a different person, according to Veterans Memorial Park Renewal Committee member Gay Hollowell. The banners will be displayed for about a month in the fall, for Veterans Day, and for the month of May for Memorial Day.  The banners will be hung from brackets on light poles along Springfield and Plainfield avenues, she said during a previous meeting.  

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Forms to designate a veteran for inclusion in the program will be available at Town Hall in the clerk's office, the library and at Berkeley Hardware and Paint, said Hollowell.  Anyone who has a photo of the veteran to be included on the banner and is unable to scan it, may drop by the clerk's office and Ana or another staff member will scan it, Hollowell said. The deadline for submitting the forms is April 10, so the banner can be created in time for Memorial Day. Those who want to submit the forms electronically will find the form and instructions here.  

The completed form should be submitted to BHHometownHeroes@gmail.com or it can be dropped off at or mailed to Town Hall, 29 Park Ave., Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922.

Mayor Woodruff reminded residents that just because this program has been fully funded, tax deductible donations can still be made the Veterans Memorial Park Renewal Committee, a 501(c)3 organization, either online, here,  or by mail to Memorial Park Renewal Committee, 29 Park Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922.