STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A new project in underway in the Poconos. It’s an opportunity for families to honor their loved ones and raise awareness about local veterans.
Special banners honoring military veterans from Monroe County will soon line Main Street in Stroudsburg.
“This is not a big town, but we have an awful lot of servicemen who served in various wars,” says Jim Sargent, Vietnam Veterans of America – Pocono Chapter 678.
John DeFazio is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America – Pocono chapter. He came up with the idea after noticing ‘hometown hero’ banners in other boroughs.
DeFazio wants people, especially younger generations, to know about the sacrifices local men and women made. He adds, “it’s important to allow families and the community to know that there are some special people that have done things to serve this country.”
Surrounding businesses like the plan.
“I think it’s a good idea. It’s a sense of community downtown and that’s what we really need is to bring people downtown and together again,” explains Sarah Pomilio, owner, Lavender and Lemon.
Organizers say Stroudsburg borough leaders gave them approval to install the banners. They hope to have them up by November, in time for Veteran’s Day.
“We’re a little late to the party, but we’re going to try our best to make ours the best,” Sargent smiles.
If you’d like to feature your loved one on a banner, orders are now being accepted. It will cost about $150 dollars.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Pocono Chapter – (570) 350-7023 or (570) 856-2841