Bloomington-Normal’s New Effort Aims to Honor Fallen Military Members story

BLOOMINGTON — The Twin Cities, as part of a new partnership with America’s Gold Star Families, will honor local fallen service members with commemorative banners along Main Street.

Local military service members who have died or are missing in action are featured on the 30″ x 60″ double-sided banners. Each banner contains the photo, name, rank, branch of service, data of service and war conflict.






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“As a veteran, I understand the courage, character and sacrifice of military members and their families,” Ordinary Mayor Chris Koos said in a statement. “Those called to serve our nation deserve support. I encourage local families who have suffered the loss of a loved one to take this opportunity to honor their memory as heroes.”

America’s Gold Star Families is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the memory of fallen soldiers from all branches of the United States Armed Forces and their families.

The organization first launched its Hometown Heroes banner program in Peoria a few years ago.

Family members or those who know someone who has died in the line of duty can request a banner honoring the fallen soldier at bit.ly/BNheroes. The application, a high-quality 300 dpi military photo, and an official military discharge form DD-214 must be emailed to [email protected]

“Our participation in this great program is the least the city could do given the sacrifices made by these brave men and women,” said Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason. “It has taken many years and we are proud that it is bearing fruit.”







Tim Gleason

Tim Gleason

Bloomington City Manager

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America’s Gold Star Families is sponsoring the purchase of banners for applications submitted before April 20th. Those submitting applications after the deadline may contact project chair Frances Maddox at 309-825-5121 or email [email protected]

Banners will be displayed on an annual basis for a minimum of three years beginning before Memorial Day in May of this year and continuing through Veterans Day. During the annual Memorial Day program, a dedication to the Hero Banner program will be held on May 30 at 10:00 am on the Miller Park Stage.

Contact Sierra Henry at 309-820-3234. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_sierrahenry.

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