The Tippecanoe-Wythougan Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has a long history of honoring those who serve in the military. They are now offering Plymouth residents an opportunity to recognize and honor veterans and active military in a very special manner. To date, the City of Plymouth has approved the program to display military banners on their streetlight poles. Other towns within Marshall County may be added in the future.
Chapter DAR Service to Veterans Chair, Helen Johnson, is excited about the banner project. “This is a wonderful way to honor and recognize those who served or are still serving our country in the military. The public is very excited about the program. Although, we are just now publicly announcing the endeavor, we have several requests from those who have heard of the project, with some families purchasing multiple banners.” Johnson added, “The chapter has never undertaken a project of this type so in addition to the public’s enthusiasm, the officials of Plymouth have been very supportive and accommodating as we begin this new venture.”
To be eligible, an individual must have served, be honorably discharged or currently serving in the United States Armed Forces and have a valid connection to Marshall County, past or present. The individual may be living, deceased, POW or MIA. Each banner will include the name, branch of service and conflict, if any. This program honors all veterans, whether in time of conflict or peace.
The vinyl banners, measuring approximately 16” x 45”, will depict the individual on both sides and will be displayed around Memorial Day 2022.
Applicants purchasing banners must complete and sign an application attesting information submitted is true and correct (the chapter does reserve the right to request verification of military service), will agree to not hold Tippecanoe-Wythougan Chapter or the individual city responsible for damage, theft, or acts of violence to banners, nor should they expect replacement should these instances occur.
Applications are being taken on a first come, first serve basis and will continue through March 15, 2022. Applications must be fully completed and submitted with payment of $125 and a high-quality photo in uniform. An 8×10 photo is desired. Photos may be black and white or color. Low quality photos and photos less than 5×7 will not be accepted. Photos will be returned.
Johnson urged anyone wishing to participate in the program to apply early to ensure securing space on one of the allotted poles.
If you would like to honor a family member who served or is currently serving in the United States military, contact Helen Johnson at 574.936.9841 or via email at DARBannerProject2022@gmail.com.