Belchertown Police banner program recognizes current and former military members

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BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – A local police department wants to recognize current and former military members.

If you know someone who is in the military, or a veteran, Belchertown Police want you to recognize them with a military banner. 

Banners will soon be hanging on telephone polls throughout Belchertown. The department is encouraging the community to purchase the double-sided patriotic banner to show their support. 

The banners feature names and pictures of the honorees. They will be displayed on Main Street, Park Street and other locations throughout town from Memorial Day through Veterans Day.

The banner costs $175. Once you buy one, you’ll be able to upload pictures and names of the individuals, and have them put on the 24 by 48 inch banner.

The fee covers both the cost of the banners as well as helping support local veteran services. 

Belchertown Police Lt. Kevin Pacunas told 22News, “It’s a great way to recognize and honor our veterans. My father was a veteran, my brother is a veteran, numerous friends are veterans, so it’s a great way to honor them.”

So far, the department has sold about 15 banners to the community, and they’re looking to sell more. 

Robert Mann of the Belchertown Police told 22News, “The fee is payable by check to the town of Belchertown and in the memo line of the check, just put ‘banner program’ on it and they can be mailed to our police department or dropped off. Whatever is more convenient.”

This is the first time Belchertown is putting on this program. Easthampton has done something similar in the past.

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