By WILLIAM CLARK
Neptune is planning to honor its veterans with banners that will be displayed on Broadway and Main Street in Ocean Grove.
Committeeman Rob Lane is searching for current or former residents who have served in the military who will be recognized from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July and then again during the month of November.
Lane said there are similar programs currently in place in other towns around the area.
The township put up brackets two years ago for American flags so the hardware is already installed.
“We can do up to 60 banners,” Lane said.
These banners will be prominently displayed on streetlights and utility polls.
The fee to manufacture the banner will be $100 and those who sponsor the banner will be able to hold onto the banner during other times of the year when they will not be displayed.
The only information needed is the veteran’s name, a picture of the veteran in uniform and the branch of the military in which they served. A copy of the person’s certificate of Release of Discharge of Active Duty (DD Form 214) is also requested to confirm service.
People may submit paper photographs but it must be on photo paper. Digital copies of pictures must be in .jpg format.
Submissions may be sent to April Perpignan at email@example.com or mailed to Neptune Township, 25 Neptune, Blvd, Neptune, NJ 07753. The deadline is March 3.
Lane has been a prominent voice in honoring Neptune Township veterans.
Last year the councilman and former State Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling spearheaded the refurbishment of the memorial for both world wars in Ocean Grove.