Marion's Award-Winning Banner Program Now Accepting Applications
For the second year, the City of Marion, Marion Chamber of Commerce and Uptown Marion Main Street District invite residents to recognize and honor those who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces through sponsorship of streetlight banners in the community. The program was recently recognized as 2018’s Best Beautification Project in the state at the Main Street Iowa Awards.
The program is designed to recognize and show appreciation for veterans and military personnel and their families with ties to Marion. The banners, each featuring the honoree’s military photo, name, branch and dates of service, will be placed on as many as 75 decorative streetlight poles throughout the community. They will go up along with the first 51 banners that were sponsored in 2018.
Any Marion resident or local business is invited to honor an active duty or former service member. For a $150 sponsorship, a double-sided, customized banner will be created and displayed from Memorial Day to Veterans Day in 2019 and again in 2020. The fee includes design/production, installation/care, as well as a contribution to local veteran affairs programs.
Applications will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 22 at Marion City Hall. Payment, payable to the Marion Chamber Foundation, must be received in order for the application to be processed. Requests will be filled on a first come, first served basis until April 1, 2019 or until availability runs out.