Dawn-Euphemia signs on to Military Banner Program

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Dawn-Euphemia will be honoring veterans in a new way this year.

Starting in October the township will be participating in the Military Banner Program. Hydro poles in Rutherford will be adorned with a banner showcasing the name and picture of a veteran, along with their military branch, time in the service, and name of the person who sponsored the banner.

The idea was presented to council by the Dresden Legion in October, where banners already hang on the main street through Remembrance Day. The 24” by 55” banners cost $200 to sponsor and will hang on Rutherford streetlights during October and November for a minimum of three years. Seven suitable poles mean 14 veterans can be honoured in Rutherford at a time.

Council decided to open the sponsorship invitation to all local legions or anyone who has the support of a legion. Hydro One – the owners of the poles to be used - say it will take six months to plan hanging of the banners. Council will therefore be asking potential sponsors to submit their formal written requests to the Dawn-Euphemia clerk’s office by April 1, indicating where they’d like their banner to hang.

Alex Kurial, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent