PHOTOS: Here are the Hometown Heroes featured on the banners in downtown Topeka
Maj. Clinton Land — U. S. Air Force
Until Veteran’s Day, Topeka will honor community members who served in the military with a patriotic display of banners in the city’s downtown.
Hometown Heroes, spearheaded by the Topeka-based Military Veteran Project and carried out with help from the Topeka Chamber’s Military Relations Council, Visit Topeka and Downtown Topeka, Inc., will see 24 banners on lamp posts along S. Kansas Avenue featuring the names and faces of current and former members of the military with Topeka ties. Nearly 70 people were nominated for the honor, largely by friends and family, Melissa Jarboe said. Next year, the banner program likely will feature 40 people and will expand to include service members from outside the city limits.
The 24-by-72-inch banners will be on display from Monday until Nov. 11 in the blocks between S.W. 6th and 10th avenues. Each will bear a photo, name, rank and branch of service, as well as a color-coded star. Gold stars indicate those who died in the line of duty, while blue stars represent veterans and active-service members.