Hometown heroes are recognized in many ways around communities. East Islip Beautification Society sparked the hamlet’s banner program, which will fly for two weeks from June 27 through July …
Hometown heroes are recognized in many ways around communities. East Islip Beautification Society sparked the hamlet’s banner program, which will fly for two weeks from June 27 through July 11. The banners are 18 inches wide and 36 inches tall and will be displayed on lampposts on Main Street.
“Each individual banner will honor a specific East Islip area service man or woman and will include his or her picture, branch of service and era of service,” said Dana Ehlich, president of the Beautification Society. “Sponsors who may be friends, families, or businesses will pay for the Hometown Heroes banners. Sponsorship will be named on the banners.”
Applications are being accepted through April 27 and must include a photo and full payment in the form of a check or money order.
Ehlich expressed that the banner program is a positive addition to the town.
“I love my community, and I want to honor all the heroes in our community. This pulls us together, and it definitely adds to the uniqueness of East Islip,” she said.
Banners are dedicated to service men and women who have served in the mil- itary, fire department and the police force.
Ehlich said there has been a considerable amount of interest in the program since publicizing the application on March 14, and has accrued more than 30 applications; submissions are coming in daily.
“On the bottom of the banner, I am going to put the email address so that if people see them and they want them they will know how to contact me, and then next year I will add more,” she explained.
The banners themselves cost $70, and the hardware to hang each is $60. Additional brackets are being purchased, too, considering the high volume of response.
“Anyone that cannot afford the bracket will be given the bracket free on a first-come,-first-served basis,” Ehlich promised.
Ehlich also explained that the beautification society cannot follow through with its organized flower-planting events, considering the coronavirus pandemic, but said the banner project will not be affected, which is a positive for the Beautification Society.
East Islip Beautification Society is a subcommittee of the East Islip Chamber of Commerce. Ehlich serves as the chamber’s secretary, in addition to serving at the helm of the Beautification Society. She expressed that chamber president Gary Teich has also been supportive of the banner project.
“[Teich] gives me tremendous support in every project that I do,” Ehlich continued.
The banners will be featured on Main Street beginning at Outlook Drive head- ing westward, and the banners will be stored after the two-week period in June-July for the following year.