SPRINGFIELD, NJ — If you drive down Mountain Avenue before Memorial Day and Veteran's Day, the one thing that catches your eye actually hangs in the air.
Suspended from light and telephone poles, banners bear the names, branches and service years of veterans from all eras of the town's military history. And one organization is responsible for those banners being up.
Springfield Hometown Heroes is a nonprofit charity, which does all the fundraising and organizational work getting new banners funded. Each banner costs about $150 to make, so the group holds fundraising efforts throughout the year to fill their funds and make new banners for the veterans.
"All the money that we raise actually goes to the banners," said co-chair Vicki Sarracino. "So the banner program is strictly funded by fundraising."
As a result, the group needs to regularly fundraise with events in town. Last night, the dinner at Mosaico was one such event. Diners ate and danced the night away, with a portion of the bill going to the organization.
As Sarracino noted, the end goal of the project is to make sure that every veteran in town gets their due. With fundraising going strong. That goal is more reachable than ever.