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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne city employees Scott Pepper, left, and Brett Barnett install the first Blue Star Banner, for Command Sgt. Major Brian Kiess, on Wednesday on West Jefferson Boulevard.

First Blue Star Banner is displayed

Statement as issued Wednesday by the city of Fort Wayne:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – City crews today installed the first Blue Star Banner as part of the new Blue Star Banner program, which recognizes City of Fort Wayne residents and City government employees who are actively deployed. Mayor Tom Henry announced the program at a news conference last week.

The banner in honor of Command Sergeant Major Brian Kiess, who is an actively deployed member of the Army Reserve and works in the City’s Division of Public Works, is now displayed on West Jefferson Boulevard across from Swinney Park.

Family and friends of deployed military personnel are encouraged to complete an application at Once the applications are reviewed, banners will be made and displayed on light poles along West Jefferson Boulevard from the Time Corners area to Swinney Park. Banners will be displayed through November and then removed during the winter months. Banners will be displayed each April-November.

Individuals or companies interested in making a donation to the Blue Star Banner program by being a sponsor may contact Karen Richards, Mayor’s Office, (260) 427-2146 and

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