Main Street in Newburg will look a little different in the coming months, lined with the faces of its Hometown Heroes thanks to the efforts of Newburg Borough Council members who have recently launched the Newburg Borough Hometown Heroes Project.
Slightly different from that of neighboring Shippensburg and surrounding towns, Borough Council members wanted to honor past and present members of the community who have served not only in the Armed Forces, but all who serve and protect their community on a daily basis, extending the program to honor teachers, firefighters, EMTs, nurses and more.
“A hero can be many things, policeman and women, a teacher, a firefighter, a nurse, the list goes on and on,” explained council member Monica Logan. “We have so many people who have served this community well both past and present, and we feel it’s important to honor as many of our heroes as possible.”
She said feedback from the community has been very positive so far and volunteers are planning to begin hanging the banners in early May, just in time for our Memorial Day celebration on May 21.”
The banners will be displayed in the borough of Newburg only as of now; however, the invitation to join efforts with Hopewell Township officials for this project has been extended but to date no one from the township has responded.
“We would really love to collaborate with the township for this project and we have reached out to them, but have had no response as of yet.” Logan commented. She said they have moved forward with the project on their own and are hopeful township officials will eventually join them so that individuals from Hopewell Township will be honored in this special way as well.
The vinyl banners will be 24” x 48” and include the individual’s photo, name, branch of service or profession served and the years of service. They will feature a similar design as neighboring communities but with a few small changes to make
them more personal to Newburg. “Council members put a great deal of thought into making our banner design just a little different from others in order to really emphasize our hometown heroes,” Logan said.
The price for the banners, including a flat fee shipping cost is $119.95. The cost of the mounting brackets for each banner will be covered by Newburg Borough.
For those hoping to honor their loved ones in time for the borough’s Memorial Day observance this year, orders must be received by March 31, 2023 at the Newburg Borough office. All forms, photos and payments are due when orders are placed.
Logan said council members are excited to be able to honor community members in this way and hope once the program is up and running and people see the banners throughout the community, more people will be encouraged to honor their loved ones in this way.
For more information about the Hometown Heroes program please contact Newburg Borough Manager Katherine Baker. The Newburg Borough office is located at 105 W. Main Street in Newburg. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday
and Friday from 8am-3pm. Interested individuals may also call the office at 717-423-0050, or go to the borough website email@example.com for more information.
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