Doyle announces launch of Kearny’s Hometown Heroes banner program

The Kearny Hometown Heroes Banners Program, an initiative to honoring and recognize the men and women who are either military veterans or active military members and who live or have previously lived in the town, is being launched, a collaborative effort between the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone, the Mayor and Town Council, American Legion Post 99, VFW Post 1302-Wilson-Gugelman and West Hudson Marine Corp League.

Mayor Carol Jean Doyle announced the commencement of the program on May 23 at the Kearny Memorial Day Parade.

Banners will be displayed throughout Kearny starting this fall and will remain through Veteran’s Day. They will feature the names, photographs and service details of local veterans or active military members.

Similar programs already exist in nearby North Arlington, Nutley and Lyndhurst.

Each banner will be available for sponsorship for $110.

Applications to sponsor a banner are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through July 31. Sponsors may be families, friends, businesses or organizations.

Printed forms are available at Kearny Town Hall, the KUEZ office, 410 Kearny Ave., at each of the UVO Houses along Belgrove Drive and at additional locations throughout the town. Forms may be downloaded right here or completed digitally at

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