BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Christmas time is the perfect opportunity to gather information about family members – grandparents, parents and your children.

Gay Hollowell reminded residents to talk to their relatives about their military service when they gather for the holidays, especially since the second round of the Home Town Heroes banner program has started. The family get-together is also a good time to look at old photos and find one of anyone eligible to be included on a Hometown Hero Banner.

The program seeks to recognize those Veterans, (living or deceased) and Active Military who have lived in Berkeley Heights, currently reside or work here, or call VFW Post #6259 their Home Post. The person must have served in the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard. (Those who were recognized in the first round of banners need not resubmit a form.)           

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The first banners, with the names and images of 128 men and women displayed on 64 banners, were up in time for Memorial Day this year. They also were displayed in November for Veterans Day. The hope is there will be many more banners up by next year’s Memorial Day Ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park.

To participate in the program, there’s a form to fill out here on the Berkeley Heights Memorial Park page, or you can click through from the main page of the Berkeley Heights Website  or you can pick one up during normal business hours at Town Hall, 29 Park Ave.

Residents have until March 1, 2018, to complete and return the forms with a photo, either by email, dropping it off at Town Hall or mailing it to Hometown Heroes Banner Program, Berkeley Heights Town Hall, 29 Park Ave., Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922. All photos will be carefully handled.

The project was funded through the generosity of a local resident seeking to honor his own father, a Veteran of the Korean War. Lisa Barfield of Clearpoint Designs created the banners.