2019 Veteran Banner Registration & FAQ

May 01, 2019 at 06:00AM

Community Members will be able to register for the 2019 Veteran Banner project on Wednesday, May 1st and Thursday, May 2nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at The Historic Grace Church located at 130 W. Walnut St. in Galion.  The Galion Historical Society asks that all sponsors bring a hard copy photograph of the Veteran in uniform and the Veteran’s basic military information for the registration form. The fee for banners this year is $47.00. All checks can be made payable to Photorama Studios. It is important that all photos given to the Historical Society are copies, as they will be kept and archived by the Galion Historical Society in efforts to preserve Galion’s military history.  Please see the attached FAQ sheet to see our most commonly asked questions! If you have any further questions, please call the Galion Historical Society office at 419-468-9338.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible for a Veteran Banner? 

The veteran must be a Galion graduate OR must have attended Galion High School OR must live/have lived in Galion.


Are current service men/women eligible?

We are not currently accepting current service men and woman for the project due to the overwhelming number of veterans.


How do I get a banner?

The Galion Historical Society is holding two registration nights, May 1st and 2nd, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Historic Grace Church located at 130 W. Walnut St. Galion, OH 44833


I live out of town or out of state. Can I still register a Veteran for a banner?

Yes. Please call our office at 419-468-9338 PRIOR to registration nights to make accommodations.


What do I need to provide at registration?

A hard COPY photo of the veteran in uniform and the $47.00 payment. Checks can be made payable to Photorama Studios Please be prepared to fill out a form of the Veteran’s basic military info, such as military branch and years served.


Can I pay with a credit card?

Credit cards will be accepted at the May 1st and May 2nd registration nights only.  


Will Galion Historical Society keep the photo?

Yes, the Galion Historical Society will keep the photograph you submit for our military archives and records. This is how we are expanding our town’s history!  We ask that you please make a copy of the original photo to submit at one of our local drugstores.


What size photo should I have?

There are no specific size limitations for photos. Just remember, the bigger the photograph you submit the better it will look when it’s enlarged on a 2x4ft banner. ( 4×6 and 5×7 are desirable)


Why is there a fee?

The $47.00 fee is the cost of designing and printing the banner via Photorama Studios. The Galion Historical Society has worked hard to find funding through grants and donations to make sure the public is not paying the full cost of banner bracket hardware and installation/removal. Photorama will be designing and printing the banners again in 2019 and again they have steeply discounted this price for the project.  The Galion Historical Society does not profit off of the $47.00 fee.


How many banners are available this year?

There is enough space on the available poles for 155 more banners in 2019.


Will banners made and hung in 2018 be included in the 2019 project?

Yes, all 123 banners from 2018’s project will rehang in 2019!


Where will the 2018 banners be hung?

The majority of the 2018 banners will hang in Heise Park.


Where will the 2019 banners be hung?

The 2019 Banners will hang along Harding Way.


Can I pick where my banner hangs or request it to hang near another banner?

No.  Our City Line Dept. graciously installs and de-installs banners for the Veteran Banner Project.  The Galion Historical Society will not further complicate or lengthen the process of hanging banners for the Galion City Line. Dept. as we strive to have the banners hung in time for Independence Day.


How long will banners hang?

The goal is for the banners to be hung by July 04th, 2019. They will hang until Veteran’s Day in November.


What happens when the banners are taken down?

Banners are stored by the Galion Historical Society for reuse. We will not release banners to sponsors for storage.


Will there be a recognition ceremony again this year?

Yes! All sponsors will receive an invitation to the Veteran Banner Recognition the night of registration with details for the event.