Communities honor veterans by hanging banners around their towns

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Across the Mahoning Valley communities are gearing up to honor those who served on veterans day next month. But before then, two communities have found a way to honor these men and women all summer long.

All through the streets of downtown East Liverpool, hundreds of images of men and women line the streets. They’re colorful reminders of men and women who served their country in times of need.

Men who received the Medal of Honor, POWs, Women who served. All of them are honored in full-color banners.

Nearly 250 of them, just in downtown East Liverpool.

“They went to do a duty for their country. And that’s what it’s about. It’s the individual self that went out there. Especially the ones who died,” said Bill Ash of East Liverpool.

A committee of people help identify veterans and get the banners made. For a small fee, family members can sponsor these banners, which include names, picture and service details.

The program started about five years ago in Berlin Township. Jeff Goddard was the driving force behind the effort.

“When you drive through town, I wanted people to at least take a minute and recognize what people, what service men and women have done,” Goddard said.

Every year, the township helps get the banners hung up in the center of town.

“It’s just a great program, to let everybody know for about nine months out of the year they can see the veterans that have served this country,” said Twp. Trustee Denny Furman.

Both groups say they’re looking for more community members to honor.

Organizers in both towns say they hope this movement catches on and these pictures appear across the country.

Those wishing to get more information on the banners and how to sign up for one can visit their website, www.troopbanners.com/berlincenter.

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