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  • A Blue Star banner honoring Army SSgt Ben Fischer hangs over W. Jefferson Blvd, Tuesday. Fischer, a 14-year veteran, has served 4 tours in Iraq and is currently in Afghanistan. Sixteen new banners recognizing currently deployed city residents and employees were added. w/video

Monday, May 15, 2017 1:00 am

Banners fly in salute to area's fighters

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 To contribute to the Blue Star Banner program, contact Karen Richards at the mayor's office, 427-2146, or at

It may be a while before U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael D. Fisher and U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Nicholas Didion see their Blue Star Banners.  

Fisher and Didion were among the 14 deployed military personnel whose banners were hung from light poles along West Jefferson Boulevard this week to begin the fourth year of the program. The banners will wave in their honor until they're taken down for the winter at the end of November.

If you have a friend or family member serving who's a city resident or city government employee, go to to fill out an application for a banner in his or her name. 

When you see the banners on West Jefferson, take a moment to think about Fisher and Didion and all the others from our community who serve.