Honor Your ‘Hometown Hero’ With A Military Banner in Old Hilliard

Posted December 9, 2020 in Streets and Public Service by Anna Subler

Hilliard City Schools and the City of Hilliard are working together to honor our community’s veterans through a new program to place banners in Old Hilliard.

The banners will recognize and celebrate those who have served their country through military service.

The Hometown Heroes program will allow family members of any current resident or former Hilliard City Schools student who has served or who currently serves in the military to buy a banner, which will be displayed in Old Hilliard around select 2021 patriotic holidays such as Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day.

Those featured on the banners must be military veterans or active duty service members in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. Those serving in the Reserves or National Guard may also be honored. This program will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 200 eligible applicants.

The idea originated with Hilliard Davidson High School, which received a Purple Star Award for its efforts on behalf of veterans in January from the Ohio Chapter of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.

“We earned this status through our efforts to help students who will serve in the military and students whose family members are active military members,” said Lori Mongolier, Hilliard Davidson Guidance Counselor. “We remembered how the City worked with the high school athletic departments last spring to recognize spring athletes who would not otherwise have their accomplishments celebrated because of COVID-19. We thought a similar partnership could be created between our three high schools and the City to recognize those who have served their country through military service.”

The cost to buy a banner is $55. Additional costs apply for photo restoration services ($35,) scanning a 5×7 or larger photo ($25,) scanning an image under 5×7 inches ($25 plus a $10 rendering and Photoshop fee.) The banner printer cannot guarantee the quality of images under 5×7 inches or low-resolution original photos.

Those buying a banner must provide either a high-resolution digital photo or a hard copy of a quality 5×7-inch photo (8×10 is preferred) that can be scanned at high enough resolution to look good on a 16-inch by 46-inch banner. Images cannot be photocopies, texted images, in frames, or otherwise be impossible to scan at an appropriate resolution for printing.

The first time the banners will be displayed will be in February 2021, then periodically displayed during the patriotic holidays in 2021. When the banners are “retired” at the end of 2021, they will be given to the purchasing families to keep as a memento.

Two different patriotic designs will be available to differentiate between veterans and active-duty personnel.

“We see this as a great opportunity to recognize those who have sacrificed on behalf of this country while building an additional partnership between the City and School District,” said David Ball, Director of Community Relations for the City of Hilliard. “The City will provide the real estate on the poles in Old Hilliard and the personnel to install them, while the high schools will handle the administrative duties associated with tracking sales and collecting veterans’ photos.”

To place an order, download the application to your computer, complete it digitally (or print it and complete it manually), and send it to Lori Mongolier, following the directions on the application.