Honoring, Educating, and Inspiring
Elmira Kiwanis, the City of Elmira and Elmira Downtown Development, Inc. will launch Elmira's 2nd round of Hometown Heroes banners on November 1, 2018. The banner program honors veterans, both living and deceased along with active duty service members from the City of Elmira and surrounding area. Each banner features an individual's photo, name, rank, military branch of service and era served in. Sponsored by families and organizations, the banners are displayed on light poles within the downtown district and throughout the City of Elmira. Hometown Hero Banners will be on display in Elmira's downtown area from Memorial Day to Veteran's Day.
"The Elmira Kiwanis Club is proud to sponsor the Hometown Hero Banner Program in the City of Elmira. Kiwanis is an International Service Organization focused on helping children in our communities. We see this program as a creative way to educate and connect our young people with those who served our country in war time, going as far back as the Civil War," said Elmira Kiwanis President Sharon Sitrin-Moore.
Elmira's Mayor Dan Mandell said, "Hometown Heroes is a wonderful way to show public appreciation for local service members." "Elmira has many heroes in our hometown and we are proud to honor them, admire while having the utmost respect for our military."
"I appreciate the work of Elmira Kiwanis with the launch of this important project, and for the City of Elmira for their assistance in making this project happen. This is worthy project for our community." "And EDD is proud to partner with Elmira Kiwanis, the City of Elmira, local families and businesses to bring a face and a name to Elmira's Hometown Heroes, while honoring our service members and providing an educational component to our streets." said EDD's executive director, Jennifer Herrick.
Applications for Phase Two 2019 started November 1, 2018.