Find out more about Dunkirk’s initiative to honor local veterans with street banners.
The Dunkirk Hero Banner Program sent a letter to the city government about its plans last week.this “The application will be ready to start on January 1, 2023.” according to the letter.
program committee “We have set out to establish a program to honor and commemorate those who have served and are still serving our country. All branches of the military will be included.”
A website, www.cityofdunkirkherobannerprogram.com, is underway and will be available on December 15, the letter said.
“We hope to have 200 banners installed across the city by Memorial Day 2023. Many details still need to be accomplished and the committee is happy to move forward.” The letter concludes.
The Banner Program Committee was originally established by City Councilor Nathalie Lutzkowiak and members of the 1975 Dunkirk High School class.
“But there are concerns about where the money will come from.” Rep. Nancy Nichols said after the letter was read at the December 6 Common Council meeting:
“We’re working on it. We’ll be doing a solicitation, but before that… we’re in talks with Southpaw Printing, who will provide the banner with the bracket.” Rutkowiak replied. “We spoke with DPW. After we advertise, people will realize there is a certain cost if they want their loved ones on the banner.”
she added, “This is the first run, the first year.
The Council received the letter, submitted it, and took no further action. The Program Committee has the approval of Mayor Wilfred Rosas and his administration, and is seeking similar approval from the Council.