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Legion eyes banners for veterans in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Members of Lake Placid’s American Legion Post 326 are exploring the idea of putting up banners to honor local veterans.

The banner program would be something like the popular “Hometown Heroes” banners hung in municipalities around the North Country, such as the city and town of Plattsburgh, Peru, Keeseville, Jay, Willsboro, Moriah and Bloomingdale. Legion Historian Bill Morris, seeking some input from local officials, presented the idea to the North Elba Town Council on Tuesday.

More than two years ago, Lake Placid High School student Scott Schulz designed and raised money for a few banners to honor local vets as part of his senior project. There aren’t many of those banners left now, according to Morris. Because the banners were hung on poles in all kinds of weather, some got damaged over time.

Morris wasn’t sure yet how much new banners would cost, but he said three people have already committed funds for banners honoring their loved ones.

Morris ticked off a few ideas for where these new banners could, theoretically, go: on Main Street, on Mirror Lake Drive or at the main entrances to town on state Route 86 and Cascade Road.

Morris noted that the legion is looking for veterans, though it already has a long list of local veterans who have passed away. The legion has flag ceremonies each Veterans Day and Memorial Day, where flags honoring local vets are either raised or retired.

“We could probably put up 30 (banners) tomorrow,” Morris said.

Town Councilor Derek Doty suggested that Morris speak to the Lake Placid village board, too, considering that Main Street is one of the possible locations. Town Attorney Ron Briggs suggested that the legion might want to develop a set of criteria for who will be eligible to be honored with a banner. Town Supervisor Jay Rand suggested that a committee be formed to decide which people meet that criteria. Code Enforcement Officer Michael Orticelle offered to provide Morris with more information as the Legion explores the banner program idea.

Overall, the town council seemed receptive to the idea.

“I think it’s something we should be doing,” Rand said.

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