Westborough Hometown Heroes banner program moves forward

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Westborough Hometown Heroes banner program moves forward
A draft design shows plans for Westborough’s Hometown Heroes banners. (Photo/courtesy Westborough Veterans Advisory Board)

WESTBOROUGH – Westborough’s new Hometown Heroes banner program is taking shape as organizers continue their work to honor local veterans. 

Already, positive community responses have prompted organizers to adapt their plans to maximize the number of banners that they’ll be able to display. 

Banners honoring individual veterans will hang back to back on 40 available poles. This will allow the program to memorialize 80 veterans with this year’s display.

The program does plan to then expand with displays in future years.

The Westborough Veterans Advisory Board pitched this Hometown Heroes program last year. It then gained a green light to install the banners beginning on Memorial Day. 

Banners will hang for eight weeks following that first installation. They’ll then be installed again for eight weeks beginning on Oct. 1 and running through Veterans Day.

The board has sent letters and applications to the more than 550 veterans living in Westborough.

That “has produced good results,” according to Veterans Advisory Board member Jim Tepper. 

The board had specifically received 65 banner applications for those 80 available spots as of Saturday.

In the meantime, the board welcomes donations to sponsor banners and support this project. 

Sponsorship costs are $150 per banner. 

Learn more at https://www.town.westborough.ma.us/veterans-advisory-board/pages/hometown-heroes-program.

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