By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer
Northborough – Area residents and co-founders of Boros Cares 4 Troops Michelle Gillespie, Leslie Arsenault, Karen Brewster, and Beth Davison announced recently that the Hometown Heroes program is accepting new applications to honor veterans and active military service men and women.
The program honors veterans with an association to Northborough — lifelong Northborough residents, natives who grew up in town but have since moved, and new residents.
The banners fly along Route 20 during the months of October and November.
“Our end goal is to have a banner for every Northborough veteran,” Gillespie said. “We are progressing forward each year.”
Gillespie said Northborough has 500 veterans. Last year, this program displayed 100 banners. Moving towards their goal, organizers hope to add 75 new banners this year.
“It was a little slow to start,” Gillespie said of the program and its eventual success. “But once the message got out to the community that we were looking for veterans, it took off,” she said.
Although there is no cost to participate in the program, the success of this effort, organizers note, depends on donations and fundraising efforts.
Each banner alone costs $300 in fees for design, production, and installation by Department of Public Works staff.
“We appreciate the support of donations,” said Gillespie. “Sometimes the family cannot afford to honor their loved one in this way.”
Questions can be directed to Michelle@bc4t.org or Leslie@bc4t.org. BC4T is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations can be made online at www.bc4t.org or mailed to Boros Cares 4 Troops, P.O. Box 304, Northborough, MA 01532.
The process to apply for a banner, meanwhile, is easy. The application is available at www.bc4t.org and should be completed and returned with a photo no later than May 30.
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