MELBOURNE ―The Melbourne City Council has approved “Melbourne Salutes Hometown Heroes” – a new program to honor residents or their immediate family members who are actively serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, are veterans, or were killed in the line of duty.

Between May 1, 2021, and July 4, 2021, the City will display street pole banners along New Haven Avenue in Downtown Melbourne, each featuring a different veteran’s name, photo, branch of service, and years served.

“I am proud to salute and honor our veterans,” said Kathy Meehan, mayor of Melbourne. “The Hometown Heroes banner program will bring much pride to the city and will reinforce our gratitude to those who have or are currently serving the United States Armed Forces.”

Qualified applicants will be selected for banners on a first come, first serve basis. To qualify for a banner, honorees must meet all of the following requirements:

· United States Armed Forces active duty or honorably discharged service member and military service members who have died in the line of duty. Proof of military service (i.e. copy of military orders or military ID, DD214) will be required.

· Current City of Melbourne residents or an immediate family member of a current City of Melbourne resident. Immediate family members include wife or husband, son or daughter, mother or father, grandson or granddaughter, or son-in-law or daughter-in-law.

The application period will be announced later this year.

The city aims to offer the program to residents free of charge and is currently seeking a sponsor or sponsors who can help.

Businesses interested in participating should contact Gina Liberto at 321-417-1342.

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