By Joe Boyle
Residents of the Village of Worth will notice something extra when they receive their water bills in the mail.
Included with the water bills will be information on the Hometown Hero Banner Program. As reported in last month’s Reporter, information will be provided about the banners.
The banners are reserved for current or former residents of Worth only. Individuals must have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard or National Guard.
“We are getting a good response to this,” said Village Clerk Bonnie Price. “I think we will hear from more people after they receive their water bills. We are spreading the word other ways too. We will have more people contacting us.”
Applications are also available at the Worth Village Hall, 7112 W. 111 th St. Orders will be accepted through April 30. Anyone may purchase or sponsor a Hometown Heroes Banner provided the application and fee are properly submitted by deadline.
Applicants must provide a photo of the veteran in uniform. The photo will be scanned and returned to the applicant. Photos submitted should be in reasonably good condition.
“It doesn’t have to be for present veterans. It can also be for World War II veterans or Korean War veterans,” said Trustee Brad Urban during a meeting last month.
The fee for participation is $50. This includes the banner production and placement by the village during the time period mentioned under the banner display, as well as a “5 x 7” photo with an easel back. The village will mark production of the banner, which will include the veteran’s name, branch of service, and picture.
Banners will be placed on street light poles throughout Worth at the discretion of the village. Banners will be displayed from Memorial Day through Veteran’s Day for a period of two years, according to the Worth Village Board.
If requested on the application, banners that are removed at the end of the two-year display period will be provided to the applicant. A new application and sponsorship fee will be required to initiate display for a new two-year period. A new banner will be produced and displayed.
Urban said that applications are also available at the Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991, 11001 S. Depot St., and the Worth Library, 6917 W. 111 th St.
“This is a great way to honor our local veterans,” Urban said. “Other communities are starting to have this program.”