As Veterans Day approaches, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Steve Labriola today announced that the Town has launched a new ‘Hometown Heroes’ Community Recognition Program to help further honor veterans and active duty military personnel. The Hometown Heroes initiative recognizes the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces – both living and deceased – who are current or former Town of Oyster Bay residents.
“My Town Board colleagues and I are so proud to bring this project to the Town of Oyster Bay to help further shine a light on the sacrifices made by those who have served our nation to protect our freedoms,” said Councilman Labriola. “This initiative will bring together an amazing collaboration of local heroes, and I look forward to further recognizing our veterans, active duty service members, and their families for their commitment to defend our freedoms and democracy.”
Banners bearing the nominated individual’s name, rank, photograph and area of service will be unveiled throughout selected park facilities across the Town of Oyster Bay in the months leading up to Veterans Day in November 2021. Any interested individual or organization who would wish to sponsor a banner can remit $75 to sponsor the production of a banner. No profit is made from this program. Once the banners are displayed, the Town will maintain the banners, and will remain on display until Veterans Day, where they will then be taken down to avoid any inclement winter weather and returned to the service family or their loved ones.
Supervisor Saladino added, “This is an especially meaningful way to honor those who bravely and selflessly served our nation. Together as a community we will honor the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who sacrificed a great deal for our nation, as well as many local veterans who continue to serve our community and their fellow veterans through advocacy efforts.”
For more information on how to sponsor a banner, visit www.oysterbaytown.com/herobanners to download and submit an application, or call (516) 624-6380.