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Pleasant Hills to hang military banners

| Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 1:12 p.m.

The Military Banner Program is under way in Pleasant Hills, which joins several other area communities in honoring veterans past and present with the displays along main roads.

Council hopes to have banners installed for July 4 along Dutch Lane, off Old Clairton Road. While Old Clairton was the first choice for banner placements, council changed the location because of a reconstruction project there that is to begin in July and last into the winter.

To date, 12 current or former military members representing the Army, National Guard, the Air Force during World War II, Marine Corps, Navy and Navy Seals are to be represented with banners.

Harry Munson of Castle Shannon began the banner project that now involves more than 25 communities. Munson uses photos of veterans to make banners, and assembles a package ready for mounting by public works personnel.

Families submit photos of veterans to be used in a 24- by 36-inch banner that is displayed along a road, and they receive another large banner or two smaller ones plus bracket and mounting hardware and a tribute on the borough's website.

Banners typically fly from Memorial Day to Veterans Day each year.

The one-time cost is $80. The borough also will accept donations of $80 to be used toward future banners, and council anticipates that members of the Pleasant Hills American Legion Post might know of other veterans who should be honored.

Checks should be made payable to Pleasant Hills Military Banner Program and sent to Pleasant Hills Municipal Building, 410 E. Bruceton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

For more information or to print out an order form, visit

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or

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