DeKalb: The “DeKalb Hometown Hero” banners program will be returning to downtown DeKalb this Memorial Day (2021). The “DeKalb Hometown Hero” program is a joint project of the DeKalb American Legion Post 66 and the City of DeKalb. This program was created to pay tribute to the brave men and women from DeKalb, Illinois who are serving, have served, or have given their life to our country in one of the United States Armed Forces.
“Each year we have an opportunity to add additional banners as part of this project”, commented American Legion Commander Daniel Gallagher (USMC Veteran). “These banners feature the Service’s members name, photo image, military branch, and rank.”
The Hometown Heroes banners will be displayed on Locust Street, 2nd Street, and 3rd Street in Downtown DeKalb. 2021 will be a special time as this is the 100th Anniversary of the DeKalb American Legion.
“Deadline to be considered for 2021 is April 10th,” stated Legion Banner project coordinator Michael Embrey (USAF Veteran). “Our goal is to have previous Veteran banners (59) and new banners ready to hang by Memorial Day.”
The individual to be recognized must reside or have resided in the City of DeKalb and call DeKalb their hometown. Individuals must have served in any of the following branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, and Coast Guard) and must also meet one of the following conditions:
- Currently, be an active service member
- Be an honorably discharged veteran (DD214 Required)
- Died in the line of duty
To register for a banner, simply request and complete the Application Form and the Release Statement. Return your completed forms along with the requested information and your payment (once approved) to:
DeKalb American Legion Post 66
Attention: Post Commander – (815) 756-4551
1204 S 4th St – DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Please Note: Due to the limited number of locations available, a selection committee, appointed by the Post Commander will accept applications and review the application to include both current serving military and veterans from the various branches.
Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis by the Military Veteran selection committee. Once the application is verified, the Commander will notify the applicant/family of the approval and have the banner created.
Once a selection is made the military member or veteran family will be contacted and the $100.00 fee and other information will be required.