Let’s once again show just how patriotic we are

The Hometown Hero Banner Program begun by Downtown Lock Haven Inc. has its roots in the fall of 2007, when the agency’s board endorsed the banner program to promote patriotism, recognize the region’s many Armed Forces veterans and active-duty servants, and raise funds to sustain the organization.

That seed sprouted in May 2008 with a rousing ceremony that saw upward of 1,500 people spill into and out of Triangle Park downtown.

And thus the tradition began: After that ceremony — highlighted that year by the speech of a Gold Star Mother — families who sponsored a banner walked to their respective banners in downtown and held their own moments of remembrance and honor.

Fast forward to 2017 and get ready for the sixth Hometown Hero Banner ceremony set for Saturday, Aug. 12, at the J. Doyle Corman Amphitheatre at Jay and Water streets, adjacent to the Clinton County Courthouse and to Veterans Park.

Again, banners of emergency first responders are open for sponsorship.

So far, the 2017 campaign will proudly display 127 new banners, a half dozen re-printed banners, and upward of 50 existing ones and counting.

We say and counting because there still is time to sponsor the continued or re-display of your banner.

BUT TIME IS RUNNING OUT! You have until this Friday at noon.

Rehanging a banner costs just $50 and is so important to the continued vitality of Downtown Lock Haven Inc.

Funds raised from the banner program help to sustain the agency, which works to promote community and economic development here.

Often-times, DLH is the first stop for people wanting to open or locate a business here.

The agency and its volunteer board also promote community through parades, festivals, concerts and more.

Where is my banner, you may ask? Call downtown Manager Natasha Gorham at 570-748-1576 … there still are many banners in storage at the downtown office.

It really is amazing that this community has displayed well over 2,000 Hometown Hero banners since 2008, and that so many communities across our region, Pennsylvania and even the U.S. have emulated our program

Come on, folks. Keep up the show of pride!