Meigs County Armed Forces Banner Project Underway

POMEROY, Ohio – A small group of people are working to recognize those who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces from Meigs County.

The plan is to have banners throughout the county along streets of veterans. They are currently taking applications to begin having the banners created. “We believe this project is a way to thank and honor those great men and women who have served and are currently serving to make our country great. It will instill a sense of duty and honor of Country to our younger generations, which will aid them in becoming productive future citizens,” reads a statement from the volunteers.

The group plans to begin displaying the banners on Memorial Day 2020. Applications for banners that will be displayed in the larger towns/villages across
Meigs County is February 28, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements – Honorees must meet the following requirements:

● Born in, lived in, or is currently a resident of Meigs County, Ohio
● Served/serving and honorably discharged from the ​Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National
Guard, or Merchant Marines.
● Banners will be funded by donations and corporate sponsorship as a whole.

Display Locations

  • Banners will be displayed on light poles along the walking path in Pomeroy, and power poles along the main streets in Chester, Middleport, Racine, Reedsville, Rutland and Tuppers Plains.
  • All Banner locations shall be determined by the committee. An individual ​cannot​ select a specific location for their banner, however, a request can be made pertaining to the city; acknowledging all requests may not be able to be filled due to space limitations.
  • If more banners are ordered than poles available, installation will be on a year-to-year rotating.

The all volunteer group is comprised of two civilians and four veterans. In a statement to the Meigs Independent Press the group stated they were not seeking recognition, “We are simply a volunteer group wanting to honor the heroes of our county. This is about them, not us.”

One of the volunteers said their motivation to work on this project can be found in the words of President John F. Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Donations can be made at all Farmers Bank locations. Online payments can be made through the donor’s own online bill pay. Checks may be made payable to the Meigs County Armed Forces Banner Project and sent to any Farmers Bank location. Contributions to cover costs are always welcome by the group.​ Checks can be made payable to VFW POST 9053 with​ Meigs County Armed Forces Banner Project on the memo line, and s​ent to ​PO BOX 153, Tuppers Plains, OH 45783​. For additional information, please contact: Shilo Little at 740-992-7260, Sammi Mugrage at 740-416-0505 or email questions to ​banners4meigsvets@gmail.com

Applications can be found online on the Meigs County Armed Forces Banner Project page, at all Farmers Bank locations and organizers are currently trying to get around to local business to see if businesses are willing to post in their stores. An image of the application can be found below.