SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Hometown Heroes have returned to Scotch Plains. 

Banners honoring fallen heroes, veterans, and active duty military have been put up by the Scotch Plains DPW on Park Ave. and along other streets of town in what has become a popular pre-Memorial Day tribute. You can find members of the Memorial Parade Committee (Bob Lacosta, Ralph Checchio, Joe McCourt, Kon Zoganas, and Councilman Roc White), as well as active duty servicemen, including, Ted Spera, the son of the Scotch Plains Councilman.

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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"We added 38 new two-sided banners (76 more individuals) for a Scotch Plains total of 152 double-sided banners," said Elaine Coupe in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "Fanwood will have 6 new two-sided banners (12 vets), for a total of 37 double sided banners (74 individuals). It is exciting!"

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. 

Editor's Note: Fanwood's banners are expected to all be up by the weekend. Look for a follow-up on the new Fanwood banners.

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