What: Hometown Heroes Banner Program
Where: Along Plainfield Ave. and Hamilton Blvd., South Plainfield, NJ
Who: The Hometown Hero Banner Committee, Borough of South Plainfield, American Legion Chaumont Post 243, VFW Post 6763, Elks Lodge 2298, Joe Sacco
When: Phase 1: Memorial Day weekend
Phase 2: July 4, 2020
Contact: The South Plainfield Hometown Heroes Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilman Derryck White email@example.com, 908.917.6134
In September 2019, the Borough of South Plainfield, in partnership with American Legion Chaumont Post 243, VFW Post 6763 and Elks Lodge 2298, along with Joe Sacco, proudly implemented the “Hometown Heroes” program. In the first phase of the program, banners honoring the fallen were mounted on lampposts along Plainfield Avenue in front of Borough Hall in order to honor and recognize South Plainfield residents who served in the United States military and were killed in combat.
The Hometown Hero program was recently expanded to include a second phase with banners honoring all veterans, whether they are retired, honorably discharged or deceased. The banners are now displayed on Hamilton Boulevard and will remain up through Veterans’ Day.
Thank you to all the residents, family members and friends who nominated a South Plainfield veteran and purchased a banner in honor of their service. The Hometown Heroes Banner Committee will be looking forward to announcing a meet and greet in the future with in compliance of Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 guidance. Details to follow. “Families will also receive their 8x10 framed photo which was ordered as an option in addition to the Hometown Heroes Banners,” said Councilman Derryck White. “The placement of the second phase Hometown Heroes Banners has been completed to coincide with Independence Day 2020.” The response was amazing, with 64 applications received. Based on the number of additional inquiries the Hometown Heroes Banner Committee will be announcing and initiating a third phase of the program by the end of the year.