The Norwin Rotary Club is starting a banner program to honor members of the Armed Forces.
Frank Aiello of the Rotary Club said North Huntingdon, Irwin and North Irwin already have approved the program, which will allow vertical banners featuring military photos of Norwin area service members to be hung along Irwin's Main Street and along Norwin Avenue.
Each red, white and blue banner will be 47-by-22 inches and will include each serviceman or -woman's name, rank and branch of service.
The banners will honor active-duty service personnel and those killed or wounded in service in Iraq or Afghanistan in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Merchant Marines and Coast Guard.
Those honored must be members in good standing of the armed forces, and either reside in the three municipalities or have immediate family members there.
Starting next year, the banners will be hung up May through November on 65 utility poles.
Mr. Aiello said he and his wife, Mary, were on vacation in Temecula, Calif., when they saw the military banners displayed there, and thought the program would be a great idea for the Norwin area.
When they were first looking into the price of the banners, they saw some costing $45 to $120 each, Mr. Aiello said. However, a graphic artist from Professional Image Advertising Inc. in Temecula is providing the banners for the Norwin program for $24 plus shipping and tax, or about $30 each, he said.
The cost is being covered by the Rotary Club, unlike similar programs in West Mifflin and other communities, where family members pay for the banners, Mr. Aiello said.
The club, in a press release, thanked the North Huntingdon commissioners, members of the Irwin and North Irwin borough councils and representatives of the Norwin Chamber of Commerce and Excela Health for making contributions to the program.
Family members of service personnel can submit photos and information to the club to put on banners at the club's website at www.norwinrotary.com.
They can also pick up applications to be mailed at the Norwin Chamber of Commerce, Irwin; and at Norwin Public Library, North Huntingdon; the senior center in the Circleville area; North Huntingdon Town House municipal building; and at a number of local banks, churches and businesses.
Anne Cloonan, freelance writer; email@example.com.