SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Common Council has approved the second year of the 'Hometown Heroes' program, which honors local active miliary and veterans by placing their names, dates of service and images on street banners along select City streets.

An individual is eligible to take part in the Hometown Heroes program if they are serving or have served in any one of the following branches of the United States Armed Forces:

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Coast Guard
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • United States Merchant Marine
  • Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II

Applicants must also have lived in Summit at any time in the past or present, are currently or have been employed by the City of Summit or Summit Board of Education, or are current or former volunteers in the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Police Auxiliary and Volunteer Fire Division

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In 2018, the program -- which saw the banners in place beginning Memorial Day through July 4 -- was limited to the first 100 applicants that met eligibility requirements. For 2019, the program will be expanded to a total of 200 honorees.

Information regarding application requirements and how to nominate an individual for inclusion in the 2019 program is available by visiting cityofsummit.org/hometownheroes. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2019.

The program is funded through private donations with no fee to participate. To make a tax-deductible donation in support of the Hometown Heroes program online, visit sapfnj.org/donate. Donations by check made payable to Summit Area Public Foundation can be mailed to Summit Hometown Heroes, P.O. Box 862, Summit, NJ 07902.