(Editor's Note: Though this article appeared in Wednesday's edition, it's reprinted here to accompany the photograph of Mr. Roy Clifford Duck, one of the "Hometown Heroes" to be honored at the Aug. 17 ceremony at the floating stage.)
LOCK HAVEN - When one of the first new "Hometown Heroes" banners recently went up in downtown Lock Haven, Korean War veteran Roy Clifford Duck wanted to be the to see it.
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Korean War Veteran Roy Clifford Duck, 83, of 360 E. Park St., Lock Haven, seated, offers an assist to Hometown Heroes volunteer Craig Keen as his special banner is lifted into place.
That's because it contained his image as a young soldier and front-line medic during that bloody conflict, back in the day.
Duck could tell you stories about that time, back in 1950 to 1953, when he worked to evacuate the injured and wounded from battle zones.
But this week, he just preferred to grin and watch as his banner was raised high along Main Street in Lock Haven, in front of his favorite restaurant, The Texas.
It was the restaurant, actually, that sponsored Duck's banner, one about 200 being newly placed under the popular Hometown Heroes program that has allowed for nearly 1,500 banners of veterans, active duty Armed Services personnel - and now Emergency First Responders - to grace city streets and the Riverwalk with images of soldiers, not to mention the regular "Lives Behind the Banners" stories in The Express community newspaper.
Downtown Lock Haven Inc.'s ceremony to "unveil" 200 newly installed, red, white and blue banners will be held starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the J. Doyle Corman Amphitheater along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River at Water and Jay streets.
This year, DLH, the Clinton County Veterans Affairs Office and the city will host not just banners honoring veterans and current members of the military, but also banners with the photos and names of firefighters and other first-responders.
As in the past, the ceremony will feature guest speakers, special music, retiring of past banners and unveiling of new ones.
These banners have greeted passers-by in the downtown and on the Riverwalk levee for the past two years.
For the rest of this article, pick up today's copy of The Express.