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From left, seated: Rick Melucci, John Haluska, Ken Houston and Leo McLane. +Standing: John O’Hearn, Mike Graham and Mayor Robert Legg.

The Old Forge Hometown Hero committee reports that more than 200 banners have been sponsored and are in the final process of being printed and hung on main thoroughfares.

Sponsors of the program include: Arcaro and Genell’s Restaurant, Burger King, Cafe Rinaldi, DeFazio Amusement Co., George and Debbie Dunbar, Kearney Funeral Home, Mariotti Building Products, McDonald’s Restaurant, Mischello Trucking, People’s Security Bank, Sons of Italy, Thomas and Margaret Torbik, Ferri and Gillette Funeral Services.

The committee will hold a hometown celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Arcaro and Genell’s outdoor seating.

All program sponsors, donors, banner sponsors and honored veterans and their families are invited. There will be a brief memorial service to remember the deceased veterans honored on the banners.

Also, local dignitaries will be on hand to honor many of our brave veterans. The Vietnam veteran commemorative lapel pin will be given to “living United States veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location. To order one, call 570-457-8882 by Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Following the program, there will be pizza, refreshments and music.