Prairie Township's Hometown Heroes banner program was so successful last year it's being doubled in 2019.

Township trustees voted unanimously Feb. 13 to increase the number of light poles available for the patriotic program to 30 -- up from 15 last year.

Launched last year, the program is open to township residents and graduates of Westland High School.

Applicants must pay the $109 cost of each banner but the township hangs and removes them for free.

Each banner features the name, rank and image of the person being honored, the branch of service, and a star denoting active duty (blue), veteran (white) or a memorial designation (gold).

Applications are due by April 1 and will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, township Administrator Rob Peters said.

The township has 59 available light poles along West Broad Street, officials said, meaning there will still be room to promote other community programs or holidays.

Local businesses and community members can donate to the program or sponsor a specific person's banner in order to defray costs for residents who cannot afford the $109. The banners will be displayed on poles along the township's stretch of West Broad Street from early May through August.

After the banners are removed, they will be given to the purchaser. Township officials hope the banners continue to be displayed at home.

The Prairie Township Recreation Department is creating a walking-tour brochure that will highlight each of the banner recipients with a photo and a short biography. It's expected to be available this spring online and in township offices.

A website is set up at tinyurl.com/hometownbanner for an application or more information about the banner program.

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