NORTHFIELD – The village is joining a number of other communities statewide, including Stow and Munroe Falls, which have banner programs to honor veterans of the armed services. The local program is called Nordonia’s Heroes.

Village Councilwoman Renell Noack said she has been working about six months to establish the program, and Kimpton Printing will create banners featuring local veterans to display on poles along the Route 8 corridor.

Council reps met recently to approve paying for brackets that will attach the banners to poles. The brackets will be provided by Precision Welding, the firm which also provided brackets for the village’s hanging baskets.

"If we have more applications from families of veterans than we have poles, we are working on a plan to rotate the banners annually so that everyone can have their Nordonia Hero fly high," Noack said.

A letter informing residents about the program, dated Sept. 27, is going out with the village’s next sewer bills. Noack said officials are still working on the banner application process, and forms eventually will be available to list pertinent information about each veteran.

Each 78-by-36-inch banner will cost $150, including setup fees. Village workers will put up the banners, take them down and store them for the next year.

Noack encourages each family of a veteran who wants to participate to begin looking for their best and largest photo of the veteran. "We will do our best to make the photos appear as clear as possible," she said.

As of now, families who wish to participate should call or visit Village Hall on Route 8 to provide their names, addresses and phone numbers. "Once everything is finalized, we will get in touch with them," said Noack.

"We truly hope that we will show our loved ones the pride we all have in our hearts, and let them fly high above for all to see," she added. "This would be a great way to say Merry Christmas as a gift, too."