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Banners honor local veterans

By Toni Miles

Donnie Levins Banner

While hundreds of locals and visitors alike made the most of the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, catching the sun and waves by land or shore, the purpose of the holiday was not forgotten.

Banners hanging throughout downtown Long Beach displaying these heroes, including some who gave their lives in the line of duty, serve as a somber reminder that freedom is not free. The banners are part of the Long Beach Military Heroes Banner Program.

“The City of Long Beach and the Carnival Association of Long Beach are honored to recognize our hometown heroes” said Jenny Levens, Community Affairs Director for the City of Long Beach. “This is a tribute created for our community to honor Long Beach residents and family members who are serving, are veterans who have served, or who gave their life for our country in the United States Armed Forces. We enjoy seeing families taking strolls down our main street to see all our hometown hero banners.”

Military Banners

The Carnival Association of Long Beach will display banners during military holidays to both celebrate and remind the community of the heroes’ dedication to their country.

The banners have been, and will be, placed on street lamps along Jeff Davis Avenue.

Each banner includes the veteran’s name, branch of service and years of service. If provided, the banner also includes a photo.

In between display dates, banners can be stored as a courtesy of the Carnival Association of Long Beach and Storage Choice-Long Beach, or the family can choose to keep the banner. The banners will be displayed on a rotational basis.

The initial cost of a banner is $150, which includes production, installation and removal of the banner.

For more information or to purchase a banner, call 228-860-4000.

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