Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Councilman and Veteran Advisory Board Chairman DuWayne Gregory and the rest of the Town Board announced a partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Lindenhurst to hang banners across the town featuring the names and photos of service men and women from the Town of Babylon. The program, currently administered by the Lindenhurst Kiwanis in the Village of Lindenhurst, is an effort to honor veterans while beatifying downtown areas.
Applications for the program will become available in January of 2021, with banners hanging between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. The banner will cost $200, with a portion of the proceeds going to a veterans-related charitable organization. In addition to the banner that will hang outside, program participants will also receive a 4”x6” print of the banner, a digital version, and the chance to share your loved ones service story to an page on the Town of Babylon and Lindenhurst Kiwanis websites.
“Here in the Town of Babylon, we always go the extra mile to honor our service men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms,” said Supervisor Rich Schaffer. “This is a unique way to honor our veterans and add an extra element to our downtowns. Thank you to the Lindenhurst Kiwanis, our Beautification Program and all others involved for their hard work on this project,” he added.
The project first took off in the town after the mothers of two active duty service members, Carolyn Mormino and Jeanine Walther, came to Supervisor Rich Schaffer with the idea. From there, town’s Beautification Program, led by Director Viscel Moore, was contacted by Ralph Somma of the Lindenhurst Kiwanis, who agreed to carry the village's program out across the town.
Those interested in the program can sign up to receive an email when notifications become available early next year.