Flag project honors local veterans
The Belmont County Tourism Council has partnered with the St. Clairsville Noon Rotary Club to help showcase local veteran's stories through audio recordings and visual descriptions.
The Noon Rotary Club partnered with the city of St. Clairsville and Jenkins Sporting Goods to create and display the vinyl banners, featuring photographs of area veterans, along the city's streets.
Belmont County Western Division Court Judge Eric Costine has agreed to narrate audio recordings for those veterans or family members that prefer not to do so themselves.
There will be a QR code on the newer banners or on light poles and storefront windows that is linked to the Tourism Council website where the descriptions and audio recordings may be read or heard. The QR code can be scanned with digital devices such as cell phones. The QR codes will be released when more people participate. Go to https://www.visitbelmontcounty.com/honoring-our-veterans for more information. To submit a write up or audio file, contact Brooke Robinson, digital marketing manager at email@example.com.
This project is open to all veterans in Belmont County. Project coordinator Kirke Porterfield notes that a picture of the veteran in uniform is preferred and that the higher quality photo that is provided, the better the banner will look. Those purchasing a banner should also provide the veteran's branch of service, if possible.
Over 60 banners have been sold since November of 2019, with room for another 100 to be sold. The cost is $100. The banners will be displayed each year until May. To purchase a banner call Jenkins Sporting Goods at 740-695-9300.
Belmont County's "strong roots and bright futures" are especially exemplified in this project. You will now be able to learn about local heroes, right here in Belmont County. For more info or to submit files, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (740) 695-4359.