They may be far away, but local members of the armed forces are not forgotten by the city and residents of Diamond Bar.
Colorful banners recognizing their service are scattered throughout the city on some of the busiest roads, including Diamond Bar Boulevard and Grand Avenue.
“The program started in 2006,” said Lorry Meyer, recreation specialist, senior programming. “The City Council wanted to do it.”
The banners feature the name and branch of the military of each person being saluted.
In order to be honored with a banner, the service member must be a current resident, or a former resident with immediate family in Diamond Bar (this includes parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, or in-laws). They must also be actively deployed, and annual verification is required. Applications are available at City Hall and Diamond Bar Center.
There are 252 banners hanging now, and the response has been “overwhelming.”
“Everybody’s thrilled with the program,” said Meyer. “They’re grateful for it and love it.”
The money for the program comes from the general fund.
“Diamond Bar is one of the few cities that pays for it totally,” said Meyer. “Most other cities require families to either chip in or pay for all of it.”
The banners go up twice a year; once during May before Memorial Day, and then again in October before Veteran’s Day in November.
“We have a big Veteran’s Day event, and banners are taken down for the people who are no longer on active duty,” said Meyer. “They can then receive the banners as a gift at the ceremony.”
For more information, visit the city website.