Avondale Municipal Art Committee Invites Applications for Hometown Hero Banner Program
Would you like to honor a family member or lost loved one who served in the military? The Avondale Municipal Art Committee is sponsoring a Hometown Hero streetlight banner program to showcase the faces of Avondale’s military veterans. The program is aimed at recognizing and honoring Avondale residents or their family members who are serving, have served, or have given their life in service in the United States Armed Forces.
Banners featuring the faces of Avondale’s military Hometown Heroes will be displayed on street light poles along designated major corridors around the city.
To be eligible, an individual must be currently serving in the US Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard); OR a veteran who was honorably discharged or given their life in service in the US Armed Forces. The individual must also be, or have been, a permanent resident of Avondale during some point or have a close family member (spouse, parent, legal guardian, grandparent, child or sibling) currently living in Avondale.
Applications will be reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis by the city’s Employee Veterans Committee and a member of the Avondale Municipal Art Committee. Applicants must submit an official military photo of the person to be honored (minimum 8x10 or 300 dpi digital photo); along with verification of military status (DD214) or if still serving, visit the Department of Defense website (https://scra.dmdc.osd.mil/scra/#/home) and submit a copy of the verification page with your application. Include Name, Rank, and Branch of Service along with the photo. There will be a $50 application fee; checks or money orders can be made payable to the Maricopa Community College Foundation (RE: Veteran Success) the City of Avondale, and mailed or dropped off , and mailed or dropped off at Avondale City Hall, attn.: Community Relations & Public Affairs Department, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale, AZ 95323.
Once the application is verified and application fee for the banner has been received, the City will notify the applicant of the approval and create the banner. Banners will be installed annually to coincide with Veterans Day and Memorial Day recognition events. The applicant will be mailed a notification letter of when and where the banner will be installed honoring the military service member or veteran. Each cycle of the program is intended to run a minimum of one year; at the end of that cycle, the retired banner may be claimed by the service member or their family.
Deadline for application submission and fee is April 30, 2018. Space is limited for the first cycle, and the City reserves the right to cap the number of applications. For more information, call (623) 333-1616.