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Jefferson Hills to join military banner campaign

| Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Jefferson Hills residents now can honor family members who served in the armed forces with special banners.

The banners will be hung in public places as a reminder of their patriotism. For a one-time fee of $80, residents will receive a 24-inch by 36-inch banner for display, two smaller banners as keepsakes and a spot on the Jefferson Hills Borough Military Tribute website.

“This is a very worthwhile program,” said Doug Arndt, borough manager, who with council is assisting Mayor Janice Cmar with the project.

“If they want it close to home or in the park, we will honor them,” said Cmar, who would like residents to be able to choose from a few locations for placement.

The borough's public works department will hang the banners.

Cmar has been working with West Mifflin Mayor Chris Kelly since late summer to orchestrate the borough's program. Henry Munson of Castle Shannon designs and creates the banners.

The campaign began in Castle Shannon in 2009.

Now, there are more than 200 banners hanging in the Memorial Park and borough's main street, said Michael Warhold, who founded the program. There are about 17 miles of banners on Route 88, representing many communities.

“It really is an honorable program that not only brings the community together, but shows respect to those that gave so much,” Munson said.

Other communities participating in the program are Bethel Park, Bridgeville, Canonsburg, Carnegie, West Mifflin and Whitehall.

For more information, visit troopbanners.com/JeffersonHills.

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

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