PHOTOS: Here are the Hometown Heroes featured on the banners in downtown Topeka

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Spc. Tyler Roth — U. S. Army
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Chief Petty Officer Fred Bettencourt — U. S. Coast Guard
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Sgt. Jamie Jarboe — U. S. Army
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Staff Sgt. Shana Hagedorn — U. S. Air Force
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Tech. Sgt. Leon Taylor — U. S. Army
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Master Sgt. Vince Larocca — U. S. Air Force
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Col. Thomas Palenske — U. S. Air Force
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Gunnery Sgt. James Cochran — U. S. Marines
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Lt. Col. Donald Mathers — U. S. Air Force
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Maj. Harold Pellegrino — U. S. Army
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Lt. Gerald Barker — U. S. Coast Guard
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Lt. Jon Janes — U. S. Air Force
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Lt. Col. Anthony S. Randall — U. S. Army
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Maj. Clinton Land  U. S. Air Force 

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Master Sgt. Ronda Klein — U. S. Air Force
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Pfc. Jeremy L. Drexler — U. S. Army
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Chief Warrant Officer Raymond Frison — U. S. Army
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Pfc. John Gomez — U. S. Army
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Chief Warrant Officer Ron Brown — U. S. Marines
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Sgt. Adam Brown — U. S. Marines
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Sgt. Josh Brown — U. S. Marines
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Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Stevens — U. S. Army
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Spc. Ricky Scheibe — U. S. Army
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Staff Sgt. Dean Covert — U.S. Army


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. 

Read more about the banners here.

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