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City Prepares to Install Hometown Hero Banners on Nov. 9

Post Date:11/06/2019 11:00 AM

Just in time for Veterans Day, the City of Vacaville’s new Hometown Hero banners will be installed on city-owned lights along Peabody Road on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The Vacaville City Council established the program in September to recognize local residents who are serving, or have served, in the United States Armed Services. Council Member Raymond Beaty brought the program to the Council several months prior. Council Member Beaty championed the program because he believes it is important to recognize service. “Even when you hang up your uniform, you don’t hang up your love and desire to protect and provide for your country,” said Beaty. “We want people to remember the people who make those sacrifices.” 

As soon as the City announced the Hometown Hero program, it drew considerable interest and sponsors came forward immediately for the initial 18 banners.   

The first batch of banners that will go up on Nov. 9 are scheduled to remain for six to 12 months. Depending on overall program interest, the City plans to switch the banners twice a year in advance of Veterans and Memorial days. Through the Hometown Hero Program, individuals and groups can purchase a custom banner that will be displayed on designated City-owned streetlights to commemorate the service of a Vacaville military member.

Deese’s Trees has volunteered to install the banners. Joe Deese, a local arborist, established his company in 2012 to serve Solano County. “While I’ve never personally served in the Armed Forces, my respect for the men and women who have is deep. This new tribute program is inspiring and when I heard about it, I knew that I wanted to contribute to in some way. I’m honored to volunteer my time to help the city install these meaningful banners. Thank you to all of Vacaville’s military heroes.”   

 Additional Program Details

 

The Hometown Hero Banner Program is open to active, retired, deceased or honorably discharged members of the five U.S. Armed Forces service branches (Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force). Eligible honorees must be either a current City of Vacaville resident, a graduate of a Vacaville high school, or an immediate family member of a current resident.

Banners, which will be 30” x 96” will be constructed of double sided Tyvek vinyl-weatherproof material, can be purchased for $200 through the City. Each banner will be displayed for six to 12 months and then the City will give them to the banner’s sponsoring family or individual. The City will also display images of the banners online.

Please visit website at www.CityofVacaville.com/HometownHero, or email hometownhero@cityofvacaville.com for more information and to obtain an application form.

The initial heroes being honored are:

  • William P. Weekley
  • Eugene “Ric” Ricci
  • James G. Gingras
  • Randall D. Osborn D.P.M.
  • Mark C. Helton
  • Daniel Hughes
  • Daniel Parker-Tiret
  • Jack Elroy Gardner
  • Jose M. Valenzuela
  • James F. Whitmore
  • Devin B. Donovan
  • Josiah Alderton
  • Robert Myers
  • Joseph Chappell
  • Nathan M. Tawbush
  • Bill Ferguson
  • Otha L. Livingston
  • Deven C. Cook-Oliver