Hometown Heroes – Honorary Banner Recognition Program

Hometown Hero BannerPurpose

To recognize and honor certain Laurel's "Hometown Heroes", in and around the City of Laurel and have one day a year for a "Heroes Recognition Day." Read the full Executive Order No. 2023-05.

Program Description

The City of Laurel Hometown Heroes Banner Recognition Program recognizes and honors the service of Laurel residents and their family members to the United States Armed Forces, local Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue organizations, and others as warranted and provide one day a year as "Heroes Recognition Day."

Award Coordinator

Office of the Mayor.

Award Committee

The Committee will consist of the Executive Assistant to the Mayor  or their designee, the City Administrator or their designee, the Director of the Department of Public Works or their designee, the Director of Parks and Recreation or their designee and the City Clerk or their designee.

Award Presentation

The Award Committee  will develop, and form time to time, update the criteria for the Hometown Heroes Banner Program. The Recognition Day will be annually on June 22nd. 

Award and Funding

The City of Laurel will pick up the cost of the program to fund the purchase of Honorary Banners. The Mayor will present a citation to the family of the honoree. The City of Laurel will provide the labor and equipment for banner installation and removal, as well as maintenance of the banner hanging poles and other materials.

Award Selection Dates

Year Round.

Banner Location and Annual Recognition Day

Banners will be purchased by the City and placed at Roland Sweitzer Community Park. Other locations around the City may be approved by the City Administrator or Mayor. The Mayor's Office shall have one day a year to recognize all those that have or are on Banners around the City. This shall be a public event.

Criteria

The City of Laurel Hometown Heroes Banner Recognition Program recognizes and honors the service of Laurel residents and their family members to the United States Armed Forces, local Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue organizations, and others as warranted. Any City resident or business owner may nominate an honoree but the family of a nominee must be advised of the nomination, consulted about the banner design and must agree to the banner award and placement. In order to qualify for this nomination the following criteria must be met:

  • City of Laurel residents and their family members who served in the United States Armed Forces
  • Members of the Laurel Police Department
  • Members of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department
  • Members of the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad
  • Individuals who have saved the life of another under heroic circumstances
  • Individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty
  • Individuals who have made significant contributions to the City of Laurel or the Laurel Community