Wendy Scheidt is the executive director of the Leavenworth Main Street Program. In this Quick 5 interview she talks about the Banner of Honor program.

Wendy Scheidt is the executive director of the Leavenworth Main Street Program. In this Quick 5 interview she talks about the Banner of Honor program.

1. Wendy, what is the Banner of Honor program sponsored by Leavenworth Main Street and VFW Post 56? Have other communities featured this project? Where will the banners hang? 
The Banner of Honor program is an opportunity for community members to honor a veteran or current military member.  We believe family members, citizens and our military will enjoy strolling along the area where the banners are displayed, learning about the various veterans and active duty military.  Emporia, Kansas initiated a banner program several years ago and continues to build upon it.  Leavenworth has 52 banner locations on Delaware Street, from Esplanade to 6th Street.   
 
2. How much will the purchase of a banner be and what accompanies the banners?
The banners are $200 and will hang from November 2016 to November 2017.  New banners will be available for purchase each year.  Once the veteran banner comes down, it’s the property of the applicant. Accompanying the banners will be a Banner of Honor Biography Guide and Location Map.  They will be available on our website, www.leavenworthmainstreet.com to download and each applicant will receive a printed copy.  The banner sales start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, at the VFW 56 post, 519 Cherokee on a first-come, first-served basis.  We anticipate there may be a line, so we encourage folks to come early and line up.   No pre-sales or on-line orders are available.  The VFW is hosting a pancake breakfast, so come hungry also.
 
3. What should interested people do to prepare for the sales event?
Find a high-quality photo of your veteran or military member (no group photos).    Photos must be digitally reproduced via a scanner.  An appointment may be made with Young Sign Company, 651-5432 and pay the fee of $20.26, or utilize other sources to have your photo put on a thumb drive, clearly marked on the outside.  Applications will be available to pick up at the Leavenworth Main Street office the week of Aug. 22 and available at the VFW on Aug. 27.  Only complete applications will be accepted which will include the digitized photo, applicant name, address, phone number and e-mail, veteran or military person name, if known, their military branch, rank, years of service.  Cash or check with ID are accepted or credit card payment is $210.    Biographies will be requested via email from the applicant the week of Aug. 29 and due that week.  Information relating to their military service and honors should be included.  Friends, families and downtown patrons will be able to read about each hero and learn the story of how they protected our freedom.
 
4. When will the banners be hung and what will the VIP reception include and who will be able to attend?
The Banners of Honor will be hung prior to Veteran’s Day.  The applicant and/or veteran’s family will be invited to attend the VIP Veteran’s Day reception at Exchange National Bank, 7th & Delaware, following the Veteran’s Day Parade.
 
5. How will this program enrich the community and honor the legacy of veterans?
As a military community, we are rich in history with many veterans and their families residing within the community.  The Banner of Honor program is a way to begin to visibly showcase and honor veterans and active duty military while giving visitors a powerful history of our military community.  For additional information, contact the Leavenworth Main Street office at 682-3924.   
— Rimsie McConiga