FANWOOD, NJ -- The Hometown Heroes have returned to Fanwood. 

Banners honoring fallen heroes, as well as veterans, and active duty military have been put up by the Fanwood DPW on Martine Ave., North Ave., South Ave., and Tillotson Road (near the Fanwood Memorial Library). Banners honor current service members, as well as veterans of WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

St. Bart's Church began the Hometown Heroes banner program three years ago, and requests continue for banners to honor local men and women who served in the military. Elaine Coupe, director of community outreach, partnered with Scotch Plains and Fanwood to run the banner program in each town twice a year (May for Memorial Day, November for Veterans Day). 

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"Fanwood will have 6 new two-sided banners (12 vets), for a total of 37 double sided banners (74 individuals)," said Elaine Coupe told TAPintoSPF.

This year's traditional Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Day Concert have been canceled because of coronavirus social distancing regulations. However, both Scotch Plains and Fanwood are examining alternative methods of honoring soldiers who were lost in battle. 

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