WAVERLY -- The village's own Hometown Heroes veterans banner program is expected to kick off Monday, according to Becky Young, who has been spearheading the organization of the initiative over the last two months.
The program will honor local military service men and women of the past and present in the village by hanging banners displaying the veteran's picture and information on utility polls around the municipality.
Applications for banners will be available at the Waverly Free Library. Banners will cost $110 each, and can be paid via money order or checks, which can be made out to the Waverly Recreation Booster Club -- the non-profit entity handling the program's finances.
According to a brochure provided by Young, the payment and banner application deadline will be August 30.
"Military verification is needed as well as an original 8-by-10 picture is necessary to provide the clearest image on the banner," the brochure stated. "The photos are scanned and returned within a few weeks after the application deadline when the proof of the banner is signed off by the applicant as acceptable."
The banners will be 24 inches by 48 inches; are made of heavy duty 22-ounce vinyl; and printed on marine acrylic fiber with UV-stabilized ink, the brochure added. If the veteran being displayed died while in service, a gold star will be placed next to the dates of service.
Young explained that the location of the banner can be specified by the applicant, and that specific pole will be examined by village officials to make sure it is suitable for the banner. If no location is specified, a pole may be chosen on roadways such as Broad Street, Chemung Street, Cayuta Avenue or Ithaca Street.
Purchasers will have the option to renew their banner after three years, or until the banner begins showing its age. At that point, another banner can be purchased to replace the old one, or that banner can be picked up by the buyer within 30 days.
Applicants will also have the option of choosing between two different designs for their banner, Young noted.
Those looking for more information about the banner program are encouraged to contact Young at (607) 857-9483.