The Patriot Town Council has given approval for local military heroes banners to be displayed through the town of Patriot — where the two would normally display its 4th of July banners.
Veterans who grew up in the Patriot area or call Patriot home now will be eligible to purchase a banner. Applications may be picked up at the Patriot Town Hall beginning March 8th, and will be available though March 24th during normal business hours.
The complete application, DD214 (discharge) and at least a 5×7 picture in uniform must be taken to the TEC building on West Seminary Street in Vevay to Duane Covington, County Service Officer. He will verify the discharge and scan the picture. Both items will be returned the same day.
The cost of the banner is $60 and checks may be made payable to the Switzerland County Veterans Council, a 501c3 organization. The last day to reserve a banner will be March 26th. No late applications may be excepted. The Veteran will receive the banner after display.
Veterans Service Officer Covington is in his office at the TEC Building on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There will be a limited number of banners made available, and purchase will be made on a first come, first served basis.
The banners will be on display from May 1st to June 30th; and again from October 1st through November 30th.
The banner will feature the military picture, branch of service, rank, dates of service and medals earned. The banners are 18”x36”.
They are printed on heavy vinyl to withstand the weather.
— Rita Sullivan