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Blue Water Area Fallen Heroes Community Banner Program

About

The Blue Water Area Fallen Heroes Community Banner Program was brought forward by members of the St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council (comprised of delegates representing 16 veteran posts throughout the county), the St. Clair County Department of Veteran Affairs, and an elite student leadership class project from Croswell – Lexington High School as a way to honor our community’s military service members that were killed in action.

There were 553 service members killed in action from World War One (WWI) to the current gulf war conflict who resided in cities/townships across St. Clair County.  This banner program will help the community to continue to honor and remember those residents who were killed in action in the United States Armed Forces and will help promote civic pride in our community. 

Fallen Heroes will be recognized one week prior to and a week after Memorial Day each year.  Banners will be displayed on streetlight poles, near parks or other areas deemed as a memorials across St. Clair County.  These beautiful, patriotic banners will display a photograph of a service member, as well as his or her name, rank, branch of service, war conflict, and city in which they resided in St. Clair County.

The concept for the Banner Program initially came from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; small farming community has banners honoring the memory of fallen or missing-in-action service members which are mounted on light poles in downtown Waynesboro during the weeks surrounding Memorial Day. 

Banner Program Focus

A substantial task will be to obtain all the photographs of the 553 service members killed in action.  We are asking the community for their help!

If you have a family member and/or know of a friend or neighbor who was killed in action from WWI to this current date and they resided in St. Clair County, please contact:

Nancy Deising
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Or call the Banner Program Hotline at (810) 985-2007 to arrange an appointment to get a photograph scanned.

Banner Program Guidelines & Advisors

Guidelines:

• Banners must be dedicated to a service member in any branch of the U.S. armed forces that was killed in action from World War One (WWI) to the current gulf war conflict who resided in cities/townships across St. Clair County.*

*Program Definition of Killed In Action - A death of a service member as a result of hostile attack during WWI to current war conflict either on land, at sea or in the air like Killed In Flight Accident (KIFA) including service members who die at a later date of wounds (not illnesses or diseases) also known as Died of Wounds (DOW) or Died of Wounds Received in Action (DWRIA) or Presumed Killed In Action (PKIA) suffered in a hostile area, combat theater of operation war zone, and peacekeeping missions or engaged with a hostile adversary including terrorist attacks.

• Service members must have been graduates or former students of a school district within St. Clair County, a prior resident or property owner, or a native of a city/township in St. Clair County.

• Family members or relatives must provide original or good condition copy of a service member in their military uniform or high school graduation photograph.  If no photograph is provided, the Department of Defense Military Service Seal will be used.

• Placements of the banners are undetermined at this time.  With 553, the Program Advisors need to work with the Public Works Departments in cities/townships across St. Clair County to place a few banners in certain locations, and then record the placement of the rest of the banners that were placed. The placement locations will change from year to year and a map will be created to shows the general location of all banners.

NOTE: Banner Program Guidelines are subject to changed based on development of the program.

Advisors

Nancy Deising, BS, CHES®, Program Advisor, St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs
Ed Weichsler, U.S. Air Force, Veteran, Program Advisor
St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council Members

Support

The Blue Water Area Fallen Heroes Community Banner Program is a Designated Fund Project of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County and is supported by community donations and fundraising or grants:

Croswell – Lexington Community Schools Student Fundraiser
Disabled American Veterans Welfare Fund
David and Barbara Hanneke
Glenn and Elizabeth Peacock

Donate online to the Blue Water Area Fallen Heroes Community Banner Program below or send a check to the Community Foundation of St. Clair County,  500 Water Street, Port Huron, MI 48060 with Banner Program Fund noted on the memo line.

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