City to honor local fallen and wounded servicemen

LANCASTER – The City of Lancaster will host a “Hometown Heroes Tribute” at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 13 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, located at 750 W Lancaster Blvd.

The event is being held in conjunction with the City’s BLVD Banner Program.

Launched in the winter of 2010, the BLVD Banner Program is designed to offer local businesses the opportunity to sponsor seasonal banners, which are hung along the length of The BLVD.

Seeing that these banners could be used for so much more than festive holiday décor, the City developed a “Hometown Heroes” banner program, to pay special tribute to local servicemen and women. There are currently 51 banners dotting the length of The BLVD; each bearing a full-color photo along with the name, rank, and branch of service of the military member.

Nine fallen heroes are identified with a black stripe across their left arm.

“Part of what makes Lancaster such a great city is how we embrace our military,” says Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Every year we see our young people graduate and head off to college, start their first job, or enlist in the military with a commitment to serve their nation. This event is a powerful reminder of the many sacrifices which are made every day on our behalf by those in uniform.”

The tribute will include a presentation of the colors by the Blue Eagles Honor Guard from Edwards AFB, followed with remarks by Mayor Parris, A.V. Press Editor Dennis Anderson, and a special guest appearance from a member of the Wounded Warriors Program.

A special video presentation will highlight the lives of nine soldiers and Marines. The event will conclude with a live performance by Jennifer Housholder, a local recording artist and singer-songwriter.

This is a free event and is open to all members of the community. However, please be advised that seating is limited.

For more information, please contact Nicole Nutt at 661-723-6000.

(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)