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Military banner program aims for more tributes in Plum in 2016

| Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, 4:01 p.m.

Megan Gluc never got to meet her husband's father, the late Edward Gluc, an Army veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

To commemorate what would have been Edward Gluc's 90th birthday this year, Megan Gluc decided to purchase for her husband a military banner with her late father-in-law's photo as a young soldier.

“I thought it was a nice tribute to him,” Jim Gluc said. “I feel proud of him.”

The military banner program, through Plum Borough, is continuing into the next year with plans to place the banners on utility poles around Memorial Day, according to Charlene Hrivnak, wife of Mayor Richard Hrivnak.

Richie Hrivnak, 12, the Hrivnaks' son, spearheaded the program in 2014 to honor his great uncle, the late Paul Shish, who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as his late grandfather, Dick Hrivnak, who served as an Army police officer from 1960 through 1981.

Charlene Hrivnak said 32 banners have been sold thus far.

Earlier this year, the banners were erected on utility poles on New Texas Road.

They later were moved to Old Mine Road in time for the 1st Annual Community Pride Parade in late September.

Old Mine Road is home to the borough public works facility as well as the Plum EMS and Renton Volunteer Fire Department building. The banners now are in storage for the winter months.

Charlene Hrivnak said she was pleased with the initial response.

“We didn't know what to expect,” she said. “They looked nice at the parade.”

She said her son, who aspires to join the Coast Guard, hopes the response will enable banners to be erected on utility poles all over the borough.

“It's our family history that we get to share with others,” Hrivnak said.

Banners cost $100. The complete list of veterans for whom banners have been purchased, including their photos, and an application can be found at troopbanners.com/plum.

A link to the site is on the borough website at plumboro.com.

Applications also are available at the borough building, 4575 New Texas Road.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-871-2367 or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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