A combined effort of the Blue Star Mothers and Destination Downtown Lancaster will honor Fairfield County’s service men and women, 10TV’s Josh Poland reported Wednesday.
Beginning Friday, the groups will debut banners that feature the faces of 14 hometown heroes.
David Uhl of Destination Downtown Lancaster said that Rose Ann Elliot of Blue Star Mothers approached him last year about the idea.
“When she started to talk about her vision for what she wanted to do and what had been done in other communities, we latched on really quickly,” Uhl said.
Elliot’s three children decided to pursue military careers, Poland reported.
“It’s hard as a mom when they deploy and you know that you’re not sure if they’re ever going to come home,” Elliot said.
Elliot’s children, as well as 11 other military men and women, will be honored with the banners along Main Street.
“That’s their goal, to help and protect us, and so they’ll put their lives on the line for each and every one of the people that drive down the street,” Elliot said.
The Blue Star Mothers paid $100 out of pocket for each banner.
The banners will remain in downtown Lancaster through at least the warm-weather months, Poland reported.
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