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DPW unveiling veteran tribute program

NASHUA – As Veterans Day approaches, officials with the Nashua Division of Public Works are already looking ahead to next year with a unique program to honor veterans in the community.

Officials will partner with militarytributebanners.org to display 20 different banners in 2020 to honor local veterans. These large banners will hang along the Broad Street Parkway from Memorial Day through Veterans Day in 2020.

“There is just so many unsung heroes in our own community that don’t get the recognition that they deserve for the sacrifices they’ve made for our country, and I think this is a great way to honor them,” Director of Public Works Lisa Fauteux said.

After Veterans Day 2020, the families who sponsored a banner are then able to keep them once they are taken down. Those interested in sponsoring a banner for their veteran can do so online at, https://militarytributebanners.org/ and by selecting the Nashua option.

The banners will cost $165. The tribute program gives priority to past and current Nashua residents, followed by past and current Hillsborough County residents and finally, if room is available, any past and current New Hampshire resident. Nonetheless, DPW spokeswoman Lauren Byers said if a family or sponsor is not comfortable with filling out the sponsorship form online, or would rather pay by check, they should go to the Administrative Offices at 9 Riverside St. and pay by check. Additionally, she said if needed, she will complete the online form. Officials at DPW do not want the lack of access or ability to utilize computers to prevent residents from honoring their military member.

“We have the brackets up now waiting for the banners, and there’s a lot of polls from where it meets Broad Street all the way down to Pine,” Byers said. “We have a lot of opportunity to expand, and it’s a beautiful location for them. It’s a nice drive: It’s a beautiful road – very scenic – and when you drive by it, the banners are very large. You’ll be able to see them.”

Adam Urquhart may be contacted at 594-1206, or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.