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May 9, 2012 (Escondido) -- Sponsors are being sought for patriotic banners honoring men and women from Escondido that have served in our Armed Forces. Up to one hundred, eight-foot-tall banners will be displayed on light poles throughout Downtown Escondido by the middle of June through Independence Day, each one honoring a specific Escondido service person. Each banner will include a photo of the honored serviceman or women, his or her name, and the branch and era of service. 


Escondido Downtown Business Association is spearheading the 2012 Hometown Heroes Banner Project, which pays tribute to soldiers from Escondido while giving the downtown area a whole new look. Non-political and non-partisan, the project banners will serve as a reminder of what Escondido has contributed to our Nation. The eDBA is the founding organization of Cruisin’ Grand, Fashion Week, Taste of Escondido, Escondido’s Farmers’ Market, the Chocolate Festival and other successful Escondido cultural events.

Individuals or families can sponsor a banner to honor a loved one for $200 each.
Sponsorships from businesses and civic group are also being sought to help cover costs and as grants for families who may not be able to afford to sponsor one.
“This project truly celebrates and recognizes local men and women who have served and are serving in our military,” said Thora Guthrie of Escondido Downtown Business Association. “We’re fortunate to live in a very patriotic community,” she added, “and our servicemen and women serve as the role models our youth need now more than ever. As families see the banners as they drive by they may recognize someone up there and that impact can be powerful.”
Sponsorships will be taken until the end of May, so that the banners can be printed and installed in June.
Guthrie also noted the eDBA’s appreciation for project partners City of Escondido, The History Center and the North County Times for their contributions to the project. A portion of any proceeds will be donated to Interfaith Community Services, an Escondido non-profit agency that provides housing as well as drug and alcohol prevention services to veterans. 
Anyone interested in being a sponsor may call the Escondido Downtown Business Association at 760-715-3230 or go to the organization’s website and follow the links to the Hometown Heroes page. Sponsors just fill out the application and we will contact to make arrangements to get a photo. 
When the banners are removed, they can be returned to the sponsors or kept for possible use in subsequent years.


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