CANONSBURG (KDKA) – Drive down the main street of Canonsburg, East and West Pike Street, and you can’t help but notice an unusual and somewhat personal banner.
“Canonsburg, we’re honoring our hometown heroes, and we’re having banners produced with men and women who have served or are serving in the military, and we’re wanting to honor them on our main street,” Nadeen Steffey, Main Street Manager for downtown Canonsburg, told KDKA’s Jon Delano.
Steffey says families can purchase these banners to honor their loved ones — complete with a photo of them while in service.
“Any photo — we’ve had small ones, we’ve had large ones,” she said.
The donation supports the downtown revitalization program and the banners will remain up through Labor Day.
Canonsburg — like so many of America’s small town boroughs — takes great pride in the contribution of its men and women to America’s armed services. Local officials hope that this banner project reminds everybody that Memorial Day is more than just a picnic.
“Canonsburg has a Memorial Day parade, a Fourth of July parade — and this is the parade route,” notes Terry Hazlett, Canonsburg’s borough manager.
“I think on both of those occasions people associate that with swimming and picnics and hot dogs and hamburgers.
“I think they need to remember the real meaning, and these banners do just that.”
The banners are the creation of Harry Munson of Castle Shannon and HTM Designs — and similar banners can be found in that borough, as well as in West Mifflin.
But wherever the banner, the message is the same.
“We want to remember our military folks from our community, from all over the country, and thank them for their service,” Steffey said.