Hometown Banner Program

Hometown Banner Program

‘Virtual’ Avenue of Heroes Banner Ceremony Held Nov. 7, 2020

The City of Coronado held a very special Avenue of Heroes Banner Dedication Ceremony “virtually” on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and Avenue of Heroes Committee postponed the first of their twice-annual Hometown Heroes ceremonies of 2020 -- traditionally held in May and November. The decision was made to hold the canceled spring ceremony in November via Zoom.

At the Nov. 7 ceremony, 16 Hometown Heroes were honored. Each has a banner hung along Third and Fourth streets, Coronado’s official Avenue of Heroes and a designated Blue Star Memorial Highway. The City, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422, the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association, the Hometown Banner Committee and the Coronado Historical Association worked together to develop the Hometown Hero Banner program in 2014 to recognize those who call or have called Coronado home and who have honorably served their country.

The Hometown Heroes banner ceremony has become such a beloved program by those who help plan it and those who have ever attended a ceremony or been honored. It was a difficult decision to have to postpone the May event but organizers held out hope that there would be an in-person ceremony in November. With many gathering restrictions still in place, a virtual ceremony was the only way forward.

Organizers made the event as special as it could be. Each honoree’s biography was read and, during the reading, there was a video-photo essay of each honoree presented. This included their banner, as it appears along the Avenue of Heroes, up and down Third and Fourth streets between Orange Avenue and Alameda Boulevard. Banners were installed the first week of November and will remain up for six months, until the next ceremony. They are provided free to the families or honorees once retired from the Avenue of Heroes.

The virtual ceremony was held via Zoom. View the ceremony by clicking here and checking the Coronado TV lineup or visit the City’s YouTube channel.

The City is actively accepting nominations for future banner candidates. In a town known for its military presence, Coronado has plenty of candidates. Find an Avenue of Heroes program brochure here

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Avenue of Hereos images 2020




Click here or on the image below to view the Nov. 7, 2020, program.


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Avenue of Heroes Hometown Banner Ceremony - Nov. 2, 2019 Event
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Click here to view the Nov. 2, 2019, Event Program.

Hometown Banner Program – Honoring Coronado Veterans


Avenue of Heroes Logo

The Hometown Banner Program is a military service recognition program sponsored by the City of Coronado.  Nominations are accepted on a continuing basis and anyone is encouraged to nominate a deserving veteran – living or deceased – that has honorably served their country. 




Hometown Banner Program Brochure

The Hometown Banners honoring Coronado Veterans are displayed along Third and Fourth Streets from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island, which has been designated the Avenue of Heroes by the City of Coronado. 

Hometown Banner Recipient Biographies

2019 | Spring 2019, Fall 2019

2018 | Spring 2018, Fall 2018

2017 | Spring 2017Fall 2017

2016 | Spring 2016Fall 2016

2015 | Spring 2015Fall 2015

Hometown Banner Nomination Form

Nominee Eligibility

Nominees for banners shall be past or present residents of Coronado – living or deceased – who served or are serving honorably in any branch of the US Armed Forces.   For purposes of satisfying the residency requirement, an individual shall be considered a resident of Coronado if they presently reside or previously resided within the City limits of Coronado, including being stationed at Naval Base Coronado.  Proof of military service may be documented in many ways, including, but not limited to, a copy of their DD Form 214, an individual’s release from active duty record, or an individual’s active duty record.  Proof of prior or current residency in Coronado shall be provided to the satisfaction of the selection Committee.  Proof of residency may take many forms depending on available documentation. 

 

Placement and Removal of Banners

The Hometown Banners are hung from street light poles on Third and Fourth Street between Orange Avenue and Alameda Boulevard. If sufficient applications are received new banners are typically installed every six months on or about Veterans Day (November) and Memorial Day (May). In November or May, those being honored and their families are invited to a recognition ceremony. Once the banners are retired they are made available to the honoree and/or their family as a keepsake.

 

 


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