Flags featuring area veterans may be flying from utility poles along Fifth Avenue in Ford City this summer.
The Ford City Area Business and Professional Association is sponsoring Hometown Heroes banners. They will be 24″ wide and 36″ high, according to Association Treasurer Steven Cippel.
“If you have ever driven through New Bethlehem or Dayton, they have banners of veterans who live in town and served in the military.
Cippel said sponsorship of banners is $140. This price includes the bracket, one single-sided banner, and one yard sign which will be given to the applicant. The banners will be displayed between Memorial Day through Veteran’s Day. After Veteran’s Day, the banners may be returned to the applicant or stored at the Ford City Borough Building. Any banner in good condition may be rehung during the 2019 campaign (or future campaigns) for a fee of $10.
The first round of applications will be accepted through April 16th and those banners will be hung prior to Memorial Day. Applicants must submit a completed form, digital photo, discharge form or current military ID card photocopy (front and back side) and payment made payable to FCABPA.
For those with photos that need scanned into a digital form, the FCABPA offers scanning at the Borough office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9AM until 3PM, at the Pizzaria on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3PM until 9PM, and weekends by appointment by calling 724-763-2401.
Applications are available at S&T Bank in Ford Cit, The Pizzaria, the Ford City Borough office, Ford City Library, VFW Post 4843, and on the FCABPA FaceBook page.
Cippel said anyone can sponsor a Hometown Heroes banner by making application as indicated above.
Installation of the banners has not been finalized, but Cippel said the group intends to have it scheduled with a local organization in the near future.
The Association promoted Ford City businesses for many years. It was inactive for several years, but was re-established last year. At its annual meeting last night, Jaime Thompson from the Pizzaria is Acting President, Jeff Mantini from Mantini Funeral Home is Vice-President, and Steven Cippel from Klingensmith’s Drug Store is Treasurer.
When asked about the missions of FCABPA and another organization, Ford City Area Renaissance Partnership, Cippel was optimistic.
“I don’t see that there are any conflicts between the two organizations. We are both working to revitalize Ford City.”
Cippel said there are approximately 35 members now in the organization. Annual dues are $50 per business.