MARLBOROUGH – Applications for new banners are now available as Marlborough’s Hometown Heroes program begins its fourth year.
The program, which creates and displays banners honoring local veterans, is an initiative of the Department of Public Works (DPW).
“We’re really proud of it,” DPW Assistant Commissioner of Operations Theodore Scott said in a recent interview with the Community Advocate. “It’s great that we fill potholes, but this is sort of a labor of love. People really really connect with these things.”
Originally showcasing veterans on Main Street, the program has expanded to highlight additional veterans.
Last year, the city’s 320 banners were displayed on Granger Boulevard, East Main Street, Weed Street., Florence Street, Court Street, Bolton Street and Maple Street.
This year, the DPW plans to rotate out the first year’s banners in an effort to showcase newer banners that are submitted.
The original banners posted downtown were paid for by the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation. The city has fronted the cost for this expansion.
“We’re really proud of our banners because we’ve paid for all of the banners since we’ve gone beyond downtown,” Scott said.
Applications must include the application itself and a photograph for the banner.
From there, Scott and his team will meticulously verify every piece of information for families to best honor their loved ones.
“We make sure we get it exactly right. We want it to be the best we can,” Scott said. “We go through a check and balance three times.”
Applications are available in person at City Hall and at the senior center. They’re also available for download online.
Applications and photographs must be submitted by April 8 at the Department of Public Works’ Dispatch Office at 135 Neil St.