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Phone: 951-956-2120
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City Seeking Applications for Military Banner Program

Perris city staff member Michelle Ogawa discusses upcoming City programs with resident Ralph Tommarello and his daughters, Jules, 8, and Angelena, 6, during a back-to school night at the Park Avenue Elementary School campus.

The City of Perris continues seeking applications for its recently unveiled military banner program, which honors men and women currently serving in the U.S. armed forces.

City officials recently approved the program, which makes available 2.5-foot by 6-foot banners at no costs to Perris residents or their immediate family on active duty.

Perris elected representatives encourage eligible residents to take part in the banner program.

 “A great program, a wonderful program,” said Perris Mayor Daryl Busch, a former Navy radar operator.  “We need to honor our people who have served this country and community. It’s extremely important. I know the family members also appreciate the honor as well.”

Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough, who has two children presently serving in uniform, said the banner program is long overdue.

 “We need to be able to honor all of our service people,” he said. “I don’t believe we can ever do enough for our veterans.”
Perris City Councilman Al Landers recalled the time in 1965 when he accompanied the remains of his brother, Richard Landers, who was killed while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. It’s been nearly 50 years since his brother was killed but Landers said he still feels the loss. The military banner program, will provide inspiration to families whose loved ones are serving while providing some solace should the unthinkable happen, Landers said.

“Families go through a lot,” he said. “This will give them a little peace.”

Applications are available at Perris City Hall, 135 North D Street or they can be downloaded from the City website, www.cityofperris.org.

For more information, contact Veronica Arana at 951-943-5003, ext. 227.