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‘Home­town He­roes’ ban­ners to adorn streets in honor of Vet­er­ans Day

The Signal - - Front page - By Crys­tal Duan Sig­nal Staff Writer

The city of Santa Clarita put up ban­ners high­light­ing its “Home­town He­roes” at the end of Oc­to­ber to honor ac­tive mem­bers of the mil­i­tary from the Santa Clarita Val­ley just in time for Vet­er­ans Day.

Coun­cil­man Bob Kel­lar, a ma­jor pro­po­nent of the pro­gram, said Fri­day that he was extremely proud that the city and county were work­ing hand in hand to honor the ser­vice mem­bers liv­ing in the area.

“I feel very strongly about it,” he said Fri­day. “I think it is some­thing all of us here in the Santa Clarita Val­ley can be very proud of, that we rec­og­nize those who live here that have served, and vol­un­teered to serve their coun­try. God bless Amer­ica and God bless Santa Clarita for do­ing that.”

Los An­ge­les County has also sup­ported the Santa Clarita Val­ley ini­tia­tive to

honor vet­er­ans. Fifth Dis­trict Su­per­vi­sor Kathryn Barger re­cently sent a $5,000 county do­na­tion to the Home­town He­roes Mil­i­tary Ban­ner Pro­gram to match a do­na­tion from the city for fam­i­lies in need to af­ford to rec­og­nize their loved ones.

““I’m hon­ored to join the city of Santa Clarita in this spe­cial ef­fort to com­mem­o­rate the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of our Home­town He­roes — the men and women in the armed forces who call this com­mu­nity home,” Barger said in a state­ment.

The ban­ners fea­ture the mem­ber’s pho­to­graph, name, rank and branch of the mil­i­tary in which they serve. They will re­main up through the new year and are dis­played on street­light poles through­out the city and along the Fallen War­riors Me­mo­rial Bridge on Golden Val­ley Road.

Ban­ner or­ders, which cost $417.50 plus tax, are el­i­gi­ble for dis­counts and can be re­quested at santa-clarita. com/he­roes.

“No­body is de­nied a ban­ner that is serv­ing our coun­try, who is from the Santa Clarita Val­ley,” Kel­lar said. “I want to make clear, this is not just a city pro­gram, it’s for the en­tire SCV. We’ll con­tinue to keep it go­ing, and God bless our ser­vice mem­bers.”

Austin Dave/The Sig­nal

(Above) To honor the 1,000 Cal­i­for­ni­ans who were killed dur­ing World War I, West Ranch High School planted 1,000 hand­crafted red pop­pies on the 100th an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day, which is com­mem­o­rated an­nu­ally on Nov. 11. In coun­tries like Great Bri­tain and Canada, the red poppy is used to com­mem­o­rate Ar­mistice Day. See A8 for a list of Santa Clarita Val­ley vet­er­ans.

Sig­nal file photo

City Coun­cil­man Bob Kel­lar, left, dis­cusses the “Home­town He­roes” Mil­i­tary Ban­ner pro­gram with United States Marine Sgt. David Gon­za­lez af­ter a press con­fer­ence in March 2016.

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