Brentwood banner program

Photo by Tony Kukulich

Brentwood’s banner program recently launched again, and signs honoring active-duty personnel and those who once served are now displayed at Veterans Park.

Starting on Friday, Nov. 5, residents can apply for the first-come, first-served banner program in honor of local veterans.

Every year for the past five years, the city of Brentwood has hosted a program in which individuals can pay for a banner with the image of a relative, friend, or resident who served in the military to be hung on lamp posts in Veterans Park.

“The banners get hung before Memorial Day, and they are displayed in Veterans Park for about six months, and on Veterans Day they get taken down,” explained recreation supervisor Ben Keisic. The banners, which cost $75 and are given to those who initially purchased them at the end of the display period, are meant to honor and recognize residents who have served in the military.

Registration for the banners to be put up in 2022 will open on Nov. 5 and remain open until April 22, 2022. Those who apply will be able to look forward to seeing their loved one displayed in Veterans Park on one of the lamp posts. Anyone who is unable to have their banner displayed due to lack of room or too many applications will be waitlisted until the following year. The number of banners is based on the number of lamposts in the park -- 32.

“It’s a great way to honor active military or someone who is a veteran, whether it is a friend or family member,” Keisic said. “It gives a personal family feel to our park.”

“I think it is pretty cool,” he added. “My father is a retired Navy, and I did a banner for my grandfather last year and I plan on doing a banner for my father this year.” Anyone hoping to provide a treat to their family members or friends this holiday season might want to look at the banner program as a way in which they can show their love and appreciation for local veterans. For more information, visit the City of Brentwood website at: www.brentwoodca.gov.

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