The city of Lancaster is asking residents to help celebrate local military heroes by nominating them to be featured on banners which will be prominently displayed along The BLVD in 2014/2015, showcasing the community’s appreciation of their tireless efforts on behalf of our country.

“The Hometown Heroes Banner Program is a fantastic opportunity for our community to show its support for our local veterans, honoring them for their service to our nation,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris.

The banners feature Antelope Valley residents who have served in a combat theater during a time of war between World War I to present, including: World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, Korean War, Gulf War and the current War on Terror. Nominees for the banner program must have lived in the Antelope Valley for at least two years and if no longer in the service, been honorably discharged.

For a nomination form and rules regarding the selection process visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/hometownhero.

Lancaster first launched The BLVD Community Program in November 2010, offering residents and business owners alike the opportunity to make a piece of the revitalized BLVD their very own. Realizing that banners could be used for much more than festive holiday décor, the city developed the “Hometown Heroes” banner program, providing a special tribute to our local servicemen and women.

Banner sponsorships are also available, providing an opportunity for local companies to honor our local service men and women, while advertising their business and helping beautify the revitalized BLVD. Businesses can become a part of this unique year-long marketing opportunity for only $100 a month. A discounted rate is available when purchasing four or more banner sponsorships.

Nomination and sponsorship applications are due by Friday, March 14, 2014. Applications may be picked up at City Hall, Parks Recreation & Arts Department or downloaded online at www.cityoflancasterca.org/hometownhero. For more information on nomination or sponsorship, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Arts Department at (661) 723-6077.