80 Hometown Hero Banners Purchased In First Year

Staff Writer

The Hometown Hero Banner program is going better in the first year than even its organizers originally envisioned.

The project, which will display the photo and service information about Minster veterans past and present on lightpole banners along State Route 66 in Minster, is being handled by the Sons of the American Legion Post 387 in conjunction with the Village of Minster. The organizers have already sold all 80 spots originally planned, said Ken Meiring, who is part of the group doing the project.

“It’s far exceeded our expectations,” Meiring said. “We figured we’d sell 30 and hoped to sell 40. We sold all 80. That’s pretty much going to take care of all the poles on Main Street.”

Now the group is looking to add even more banners in future years on other streets in Minster. “We’d really like to continue the program,” Meiring said. “There’s more interest in even more in the future.”

At Thursday’s village council meeting, Meiring and the council discussed possible placement in other areas around the village. Village administrator Don Harrod said running them down Fourth Street shouldn’t be a problem, as the wind isn’t an issue there.

Word of the project spread quickly. Residents got a taste for what their banner might look like with a display at Oktoberfest in the fall and throughout the winter  near the entrance of Wagner’s IGA in Minster. The banners will include  name, rank, picture, years of service, and the service branch of any active duty or veteran of a Minster resident. Banners are planned to be on display from Memorial Day to Veterans Day.

Sponsors of banners were given a five-year guarantee of the banners lasting in the weather and the village has chosen areas where visibility of light poles is good and where winds are less prevalent and less likely to damage the banners.

“I think they’re going to look pretty sharp once you see them up there,” Meiring said.

The brackets for the banners were ordered last week and some of the artwork is still being completed. Meiring hopes to have the banners by late April and the banners are expected to installed before Memorial Day (Monday, May 28), where they’ll stay up until Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11.

The project even helped the village of Minster in another way. As the village will need to make some alterations to the lightpoles to hold the banners, village workers will install LED lights while already up there in the bucket trucks. It’s a win-win for both sides, Minster village administrator Don Harrod said.

For additional information on the project, email minsterhometownhero@gmail.com or call Ken Meiring (419) 628-4820.