SPARTA, NJ- A new initiative to support Sparta veterans was announced at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday.  Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn shared a new design for banners to be affixed to the light poles around the township as a “07871 Hometown Heroes” campaign.

The banners are part of a national initiative, locally falling under the purview of Salute 07871, a new committee established earlier this year. The banners will “showcase and salute men and women within our community who have served or continue to serve in the U.S military.” The banners will be personalized with a photo, name and branch of the military.

To be eligible the service member must have served or be serving in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy.  They must be in active duty, retired, honorably discharged or killed in action and have lived in Sparta at any time, now or in the past.

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Donations can be for a specific service member or to a general fund.  The suggested donation is $60 to sponsor an individual service member.   

The mission of the new committee is “to serve those who serve,” according to information published on the township website.  Committee members include

  • Peter Litchfield, Sparta VFW Post Commander
  • Tina Rowan,
  • Christine Quinn,
  • John Finkeldie,
  • Neil Spidaletto and
  • Josh Hertzberg

Currently banners are changed seasonally by the township department of public works. Quinn said the details are still being discussed but she anticipated the banners to be put up for specific holiday’s including Veterans’ Day and Independence Day.

Anyone interested in making a donation can send a check to Salute 07871 c/o Sparta VFW Post #7248, 66 Main Street, Sparta. They request “Salute 07871” be written in the memo portion on the check. The banner application is available by clicking here.

Anyone interested in joining the committee should complete an application, click here.