Community Banner Profject
The Croswell – Lexington High School “Making Visions a Reality” Class is making a program become a reality in our community. The class vision is to empower students to make positive things happen in their schools and communities. Student’s participation in this class is a year-long commitment. Riley Black, a senior, is a part of an elite group of student leaders participating this year.
“The military is under appreciated today. I come from a military family and we were taught to respect those who have served and are serving our country,” Riley said. Riley further stated that, “In 2016, my Making Visions a Reality Class did a military focused project by partnering with the St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs and Port Huron Recreation Department to fill stockings for the holidays for military troops.” For this year’s commitment, Riley wanted to do more. She contacted the St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs and spoke with Nancy Deising, Outreach Coordinator to get some ideas on what would make a difference in the military community. Deising shared details about community banner initiatives across the United States.
Many cities across the country such as Colton and Moreno Valley, California, Henderson, Nevada, and Waynesboro, Pennsylvania have banner projects or programs that recognize either G.I.’s missing and/or killed in action, deceased veterans, and active duty military servicemen and women and much more. All of the visual images used in these banner projects recognize and honor military service members. These types of projects are a community based with the support of veterans groups and city councils partnering in order to make them a reality.
The St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council recently had a presentation/proposal requesting the Council’s potential participation in the endeavor of the community banners. During the presentation, it was proposed, this would be the ultimate collaboration between communities across St. Clair County, veteran’s posts, the Council and the County Department of Veterans Affairs. A unanimous motion was made and supported to pursue involvement in the program. Richard Semrow, President of St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council, stated, “We have a role to play in this endeavor. As veterans, we don’t have boarders, we do community.” Semrow asks for support in this worthy county-wide recognition of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Community Banner Program is in its infancy stages of development. In St. Clair County there has been 229 G.I.’s killed in action since World War I. Upon implementation there would be banners for the whole county by year 2020, if not sooner. Riley’s class project will be the conduit to get the word out to all communities and raise funds to support efforts of the project.
Riley has been working on developing and planning her class project since early summer. She has put forth a great amount of effort stepping outside the box to make this project a reality. And now it is all finally coming together. Riley stated, “I can’t wait to see the type of support and response we get from our event!”
Hometown Heroes Fundraiser
A Hometown Heroes Fundraiser event will take place on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 5 – 11pm at the Lexington Village Theatre & Pub at 7318 Huron Avenue, Lexington, MI 48450. The event will provide live-local entertainment with Mountain Babies, Hillside Riots, Dynasty, and Brent Mireau including 50/50 raffle and silent auction. There is a $10 wristband cover charge at the door or can be purchased in advance.
All fundraising proceeds will be donated to support the “Community Banner Project”. Donations can be made at the event or mailed to: Croswell-Lexington High School, ATTN: Student Council VA Benefit, 5461 Peck Road, Croswell, MI 48422.
Another way the community can support is to get a Hometown Heroes T-Shirt. Lakeshore Graphics, Lexington, Michigan is now taking orders online (www.lakeshoregraphics.net/hometown-heroes) for shirts. For every shirt purchase of $15 or more, $10 will be donated to the event.
Disclosure: Hometown Heroes Fundraiser has no affiliation with any other company, organization, program or project in Michigan or across the United States.