(Dec. 12, 2014) The Ocean City Elks Lodge will be continuing its highly acclaimed “Hometown Heroes” banner program for a second year this coming spring.
Lodge 2645 Veterans’ Committee Chairman Pat Riordan got clearance from City Council this week to again place banners along the Boardwalk honoring active-duty military personnel from the resort area.
“We thought it turned out very well this past year, and we want to keep the ball rolling,” Riordan said.
The Elks’ initiative will again consist of 20 banners to be hung vertically on the Boardwalk’s lampposts from Fourth Street down to the Ripley’s building. Each banner features the name, service branch, rank and a photo of the honored service member.
The banners will again go up around Springfest, and the Elks are hoping to have a dedication ceremony sometime during the festival, which runs from May 7-10, 2015.
The banners stay up during the season, and are taken down in the fall to be presented to the service members and their families as a keepsake.
Cost to the town is minimal, as the Elks solicit private sponsorships from citizens and businesses to pay for the banners and brackets. City workers install and repair the banners as needed.
Nine service members have already been found for the 2015 banners, and Riordan is looking for additional active-duty service members who are Worcester County residents.
“If anyone knows of anyone who is active-duty, we would like to get in touch with them,” Riordan said.
He can be reached by phone at (443) 623-6162, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.