Banners installed honoring 33 local heroes

By Chuck Gibson

LOVELAND, OH (December 1, 2023) – Local Military Heroes are on display all around the City of Loveland – 33 Hometown Heroes Military Banners have been installed in the debut of this City of Loveland program honoring our own military heroes.

Loveland Hometown Hero banner honoring Seth Mitchell (Provided)

If you haven’t already noticed take a look up at utility poles along Loveland-Miamiville Road and Paxton Avenue/Oakland Avenue/State Route 48 and you’ll see the banners. They honor Loveland residents who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces. These honored military heroes have been residents within the City of Loveland corporation limits or within the Loveland City School district in the past or present.

“I am thrilled that the City of Loveland and its Veterans Memorial Committee have found a way to honor local service men and women who heard the call of duty and answered it. They deserve our respect and gratitude for making it possible for us to live free and safe in the greatest country on earth. This program is a small step to recognize these local heroes.”  – Kathy Bailey, Mayor, City of Loveland.

The debut of this program represents the coming-to-life of a vision by the City of Loveland’s Veterans Memorial Committee. The committee members sought a way to recognize and honor local military veterans more than the usual twice a year on Memorial Day Weekend and Veterans Day. They envisioned this program as a way to accomplish that goal of honoring veterans all year long according to committee chairperson Terry Stouder.

“We are proud these banners recognize past and present service members of Loveland,” explained Stouder.  “When people look up and see a banner, they can think of that hero and their own family members and friends that have served this country.”

A string of three Hometown Hero Banners along S.R. 48 as seen from street level (Provided)

Developing the banner program was a three year effort by the Veterans Memorial Committee members. Their work on the program included banner design to application review and coordination with Duke Energy for utility pole inspections. On behalf of the committee, Stouder expresses their excitement and gratitude to see their vision come to life in the hanging of the Hometown Hero Banners.

“I’d like to thank the city for allowing our committee to foster a program that honors past and present Loveland veterans,” Stouder said. “Also, I’d like to thank the members of the Veterans Committee who worked so hard on the banner program.”

Support for the program included $7,500 in grant funding from the Duke Energy Foundation to assist in funding for printing, mounting hardware and installation of the banners. American Legion Post #256 gave a donation of $3,000 which helped with the cost of inspection and approval of utility poles.

For questions about the program, please contact: Misty Clark at (513) 707-1437 or visit https://lovelandoh.gov/494/Hometown-Hero-Military-Banner-Program.

More about the City of Loveland at: www.lovelandoh.gov