(Jan. 24, 2014) Visitors this coming season may notice a bit of extra patriotism along the Boardwalk, as the city has agreed to allow the local Elks’ Lodge to place banners honoring military service members along a downtown stretch of the boards.
Up to 20 banners, measuring roughly five-by-two-and-a-half feet, will be placed on the light poles adjoining the concrete portion of the Boardwalk from the pier to Fourth Street.
“I couldn’t ask for a better location if I had hand-picked them myself,” said Pat Riordan of the Veteran’s Committee at Ocean City Elks Lodge 2645.
Each banner will feature the name, rank, and service branch of the honoree, as well as their photo. The Elks will contact guidance counselors and career services at area schools, as well as army recruiters, to find candidates. Any active-duty military member residing in Worcester County will be eligible.
The banners will be put up at Springfest and removed after Sunfest.
“Once we take them down after Sunfest, we’re hoping to present them to the member or their family as a keepsake,” Riordan said.
The Elks will assume all costs for the printing of the banners. The city will offer in-kind help with public works personnel installing and removing the banners and mountings.
“It doesn’t cost the town any money,” Riordan said. “We’re going to be raising money from local fraternal organizations and businesses to sponsor a service member in the community. feeling and
Banner sponsorships are priced at $295.00, and eight have been sold as of this week. To apply for a sponsorship, or to nominate and honoree, contact Riordan at (443) 623-6162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.