Military Banner Program comes to Canyon Lake


The City of Canyon Lake has begun a Military Banner Program for residents to honor active duty military personnel and veterans who reside in Canyon Lake. Thus far, six banners have been hung on light poles along Railroad Canyon Rd. honoring Adam McNaughton, U.S. Navy; Brent Tibbet, U.S. Navy; Kevin Keigwan, U.S. Army; Steven Garza, U.S. Navy; Nicholas Tousseau, U.S. Navy; and Russell Kurt Moore, U.S. Marines.

The 30×90-in. banners were ordered and purchased by wives, mothers or fathers of those named. Joe Grasso of All Signs Graphics & Design made the banners and installed them.

This is an ongoing program. To participate, family members can pick up an application at City Hall or Pack Wrap and Post in the Towne Center. Along with filling out the application, copies of the applicant’s driver’s license or a utility bill showing the Canyon Lake address of the military service person or his/her immediate family member will be required.

Also needed is a 5×7-in. color portrait of the service member in his/her military uniform for display on the banner (photos will not be returned). Digital photos with a resolution of 300 DPI or higher also will be accepted and can be e-mailed.

The spelling of the name on the banner will be taken directly from the application. The cost of each banner is $250 and includes installation. Active duty banners will be displayed year round. They will be removed when the service person is no longer serving active duty in the armed forces, or if the banner becomes damaged or when the program concludes.

Banners will be returned to the applicant after removal, or they will be placed on the wall in the City Council Chamber or at the Veterans Monument.

Annual verification of the service member’s active duty status will be required. Eligible branches of the military service include Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, Merchant Marines, National Guard Active Reserve.

Veterans Memorial Bricks

Dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011, the Veterans Memorial in the Canyon Lake Towne Center is a place for reflection to honor those who have served their country in the armed forces.

The City of Canyon Lake makes it possible to order commemorative bricks year round for the patio of the memorial. The bricks are installed in the patio twice a year for Memorial Day and for Veterans Day.

Order forms for purchasing a Veteran Memorial Brick are available at City Hall or Pack Wrap & Post in the Towne Center. The next set of bricks will be laid prior to Memorial Day weekend.

The brick include three lines, 16 characters maximum, including spaces, per line. The price is $50 for each brick.Commemorative bricks can be purchased to honor a loved one that is a veteran or is currently serving in a branch of the military.


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