GREENCASTLE — Hometown Heroes banners honoring Greencastle-Antrim residents who have served in the military could go up along Baltimore Street next year.

Georgina Cranston, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, talked about the banners at Tuesday's Greencastle Borough Council meeting.

The chamber and representatives of Harry D. Zeigler VFW Post 6319 and Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post 373 are proposing the banners. She noted more than 80 service members are honored in a similar program in Waynesboro.

Mike Blank of the VFW showed council members and those in the audience a sample banner for Harry D. Zeigler, a Greencastle sailor who was killed in action on May 9, 1942, during the World War II Battle of the Coral Sea. The VFW post is named for him.

Family members and others who want to recognize those who have served would be able to purchase the banners, with a price of $185 mentioned at the meeting.

Cranston asked for the borough's help in hanging the banners.

Eden Ratliff, borough manager, said he thinks the borough's public works department can place the banners, but it will require the rental of a bucket truck. The administration and finance committee will discuss the borough's help, with a report at the October council meeting.

Cranston said the organizations involved want to have an October rollout so people can purchase the banners as Christmas gifts.

The 24- by 60-inch, two-sided banners would be hung in May for Memorial Day and again from Sept. 11 through Veterans Day.

Anyone who has lived in the Greencastle-Antrim area and was killed or honorably discharged would be eligible for a banner, Cranston said.

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