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Banner program honors military service

| Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

Later this spring, banners are expected to fly along Old Clairton Road as Pleasant Hills residents celebrate their military veterans.

Program founder Harry Munson, of Castle Shannon, and Sgt. Adam Koisor, Pleasant Hills resident and a member of the PA Army National Guard, were invited to explain the tribute program, accepted by 25 other communities, to council when it last met.

Each banner honors a single veteran with a 24-by-36-inch photo and a few facts about the veteran's time of service. Two veterans can be displayed on each lightweight but durable bracket that will be hung from utility poles along the roadway. Most towns and boroughs involved in the program hang their banners from Memorial Day to Veterans Day.

“This brings the community together,” Koisor said. “It is well honored and well received.”

In other communities, the brackets have been put together by American Legion or Veterans of Foreign War members.

“They have bracket-building parties,” Munson said.

Pleasant Hills council heard about the program last year from two residents.

With an $80 one-time fee paid by the applicants, the borough's responsibilities would be to hang the banners every year and store them during the winter months.

Once borough officials approve the application, users can upload a veteran's photo on the website, submit information and pay the fee.

“Let's move this forward,” Councilman Joe Esper said.

A visit to www.troopbanners.com/PleasantHills shows a sample application that details the program, created in 2009. A sample banner and links to the borough's website and Pleasant Hills American Legion Post 712 also are found on the website. Munson plans to add pop-ups that tell some of the history of the battles and wars the veterans fought in.

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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