SUMMIT, NJ - For the third consecutive year, the 'Hometown Heroes' program banners are in place throughout downtown, as Summit honors it veterans on Memorial Day. The banners -- which feature the names, images and dates of service of active military and veterans -- will be displayed on City of Summit streets through Labor Day.
The 2020 iteration of the program has been expanded to include a total of 206 honorees.
Individuals are eligible for inclusion 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
- Coast Guard
- Members of the United States Merchant Marine
- Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II
Veterans must also have lived in Summit at any time in the past or present, or 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 EMS, Police Auxiliary and Volunteer Fire Division.
The program is funded through private donations with no fee to participate. Information on application requirements and how to apply is available at cityofsummit.org/hometownheroes. Tax-deductible donations in support of the Hometown Heroes program can be made by visiting summitforever.org. Donations by check made payable to The Summit Foundation can be mailed to Summit Hometown Heroes, P.O. Box 892, Summit, NJ 07902.