The Banner of Honor program is sponsored by Leavenworth Main Street and VFW Post 56. In this Q5, Wendy Scheidt, Executive Director, Leavenworth Main Street Program talks about how the program honors veterans.

The Banner of Honor program is sponsored by Leavenworth Main Street and VFW Post 56. In this Q5, Wendy Scheidt, Executive Director, Leavenworth Main Street Program talks about how the program honors veterans.  

Wendy, what is the Banner of Honor program sponsored by Leavenworth Main Street and VFW Post 56? Have other communities featured this project?
It is a program that we initiated in 2016 to honor Veterans from any conflict and any branch of the service, honoring living or deceased Veterans. Emporia, Burlington, Iola, Sterling, Garnett, Lyons, Kingman, Junction City and Topeka, Kansas.   Where will the banners hang? The Veteran Banners are displayed on Delaware Street, between Esplanade and 6th Street annually.

How much is the purchase of a banner be and what accompanies the banners? When and where will the banner sales be?
A new banner is $200 and will hang for one year.  If desired, in the second year, a renewal fee of $100 allows it to remain up.  There is only one renewal allowed.  Then the banner is returned to the applicant.  Since the inception of the Banner of Honor program, we have new banners and renewals available at the same time.  Renewal offers have been sent to banner applicants.  Included in the cost of the banner, each applicant receives a nice spiral bound commemorative booklet, complete with map, banner photo and biography of each veteran.  Additional booklets may be purchased through the Main Street office. The kickoff for the available new banners for 2018/2019 is at the VFW Post #56, 519 Cherokee on Friday, July 27 from 4 – 6 p.m.  Inquiries may be made at the Leavenworth Main Street office after that date, 416 Cherokee, 913-682-3924.   

What should interested people do to prepare for the sales event? When will the biographies be requested and what should be included?   
Have their veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, years served, conflict(s).  Complete the application and pay for the banner at the time of application.  Cash/Check are accepted for $200. Credit Card payments are $210. The applicant them completes a military biography of the veteran and submits it electronically to the Main Street office along with a digital photograph of the veteran (we encourage applicants to make an appointment with Young Sign to digitize the photograph for a small fee for clarity and consistency). These items are due by no later than Sept. 30, 2018.

When will the banners be hung and what will the VIP reception include and who will be able to attend?
The banners will be hung prior to Veterans Day and will remain up for a year, prior to Veterans Day 2019. There is a short period of time that the City of Leavenworth removes the banners to install holiday decorations.

How will this program enrich the community and honor the legacy of veterans? How can people find additional information?   
As the home to many veterans and a major military installation, recognizing and honoring veterans is a visual way to say “thank you” and show support for their service.
“This city has military roots and we are proud to display our appreciation to our local veterans with the banners downtown.  I especially love seeing my father’s and grandfather’s banners while enjoying Leavenworth’s historic downtown,” said Holly Shehorn Pittman, Banner of Honor co-chairperson and Leavenworth Main Street Board President. Visit www.leavenworthmainstreet.com for more information, call 913-682-3924 or stop by the Main Street office, 416 Cherokee to pick up an application.
— Rimsie McConiga