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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 25, 2018 9:13 am

Verbatim: Blue Star Banner program begins fifth year

The city of Fort Wayne issued the following news release today:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne's Blue Star Banner program will continue in 2018.

The Blue Star Banner initiative started in May 2014 and recognizes City of Fort Wayne residents and City government employees who are actively deployed.

Earlier this week, crews installed the banners of 10 service members, four of which are new banners:

-- Specialist Combat Engineer Jaron Stephen Birkey, U.S. Army

-- Staff Sergeant Denisson Carrillo, U.S. Army

-- Master Sergeant Christopher R. Gustafson, U.S. Army

-- Petty Officer Alexander K. Taylor, U.S. Navy

Family and friends of deployed military personnel are encouraged to complete an application at https://www.cityoffortwayne.org/city-of-fort-wayne-blue-star-banner-program.html. 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.

Individuals or companies interested in making a donation to the Blue Star Banner program may contact Karen Richards, Mayor's Office, (260) 427-2146 and karen.richards@cityoffortwayne.org.