The city of Easthampton is expressing their gratitude for those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces ahead of Memorial Day.
Local residents Chris and Pam Patnode got the idea from a trip to Cape Coral, Florida where they had similar banners hanging up all over town.
Chris told Western Mass News that the people they were with at the time and his wife had to actually pull over and exit their vehicle because they were so mesmerized.
Upon their return to Easthampton, Chris and Pam talked to town representatives and they agreed that this would be a great way to honor their town's military personnel.
The goal is to display a total of 60 banners all around town prior to Memorial Day.
The banners will be displayed from now until Veteran's Day, which is November 11th.
On the 12th, all the banners will be taken down and given to the respective families.
The town currently has 20 poles in which they are able to hang and display such banners, but the American Legion chapter in town is willing to donate 40 for the cause.
Chris went on to say that he wants to do this again next year to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving the armed forces and is hoping that surrounding towns take notice and do the same for the military personnel in their towns.
As of now, only six towns in the country have these kinds of banners displayed on their streets.
This according to a Military Tribute Banners.org representative who spoke to Chris over the phone.
If you would like to purchase a banner, they cost $200 and can be purchased on their website or over the phone.
Please see the attached link for more information.
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