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Dunbar Legion post starts banner project

| Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, 12:26 a.m.
Members of American Legion Post 146 in Dunbar line up around samples of the banners that will be hung in the Dunbar area beginning Memorial Day, 2016. Members included, from left, (seated)  George DeOre and Perry Russell; (in back standing) Frank 'Bucky' Wallace, Ron Beatty, Walt Flight and Donny Lowry.
Karl Polacek | Trib Total Media
Members of American Legion Post 146 in Dunbar line up around samples of the banners that will be hung in the Dunbar area beginning Memorial Day, 2016. Members included, from left, (seated) George DeOre and Perry Russell; (in back standing) Frank 'Bucky' Wallace, Ron Beatty, Walt Flight and Donny Lowry.

The American Legion Hughes Post 146 in Dunbar is starting a banner project that will honor those who have served the nation in the armed forces.

The veterans organization is hoping to hang banners along Connellsville Street and Woodvale Street in Dunbar and Dunbar Township.

The banners cost $90.

They are 24 inches by 36 inches and can be displayed in Dunbar Borough or Dunbar Township.

A second 24-inch by 36-inch banner or two 12-inch by 18-inch banners are available for personal display.

The large banner will be hung from telephone poles.

The smaller ones are for families to use. The banners will include photos of veterans.

Checks should be made payable to the Dunbar American Legion and submitted with a completed order form and a photo of the veteran no later than Feb. 15 for the banner to be hung for Memorial Day.

Photographs will be returned.

Order forms can be obtained by calling Terry Golden at 724-277-8554 or Cindy Moag at 724-366-8150.

Banners will be hung from Memorial Day to Veterans Day each year.

Russell said three packages have already been purchased.

“We are looking to post as many as we can get,” said Perry Russell, post commander.

“We've planned orders for Feb. 15 (to be hung on Memorial Day,)” Russell added. “But we can't guarantee banners ordered later will be hung by Memorial Day.”

Banners for those killed in action will be posted for no charge.

Russell said there were two Dunbar men killed in Vietnam.

The veterans said there were a number of memorials in various communities in the area, but many have fallen into disrepair.

“But we have a beautiful honor roll,” said George DeOre, speaking of the monument in Dunbar Borough.

The veterans said Western Pennsylvania supports the military as well, if not better, than any other area in the nation.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at kpolacek@tribweb.com or 724-626-3538.

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