Military Banner Program comes to Canyon Lake


Canyon Lakers now have the opportunity to reserve a military banner for their loved ones, similar to this banner seen on a light post on Newport Rd. in Menifee.

Credit: Sharon Rice

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The City of Canyon Lake has begun a Military Banner Program for residents to honor active duty military personnel and veterans who reside in Canyon Lake. The 30x90-in. banners will be hung on light poles in the Towne Center and on Railroad Canyon Road. Drivers probably have seen such banners lining Newport Rd. in Menifee.

To participate in the program, family members can pick up an application at City Hall or Pack Wrap and Post in the Towne Center. Along with filling out the application, copies of the applicant's driver's license or a utility bill showing the Canyon Lake address of the military service person or his/her immediate family member will be required.

Also needed is a 5x7-in. color portrait of the service member in his/her military uniform for display on the banner (photos will not be returned). Digital photos with a resolution of 300 DPI or higher also will be accepted and can be e-mailed.

The spelling of the name on the banner will be taken directly from the application. Once the application is approved, banners will be installed twice a year, in May and November. Quantity is limited to one banner per service member.

The cost of each banner is $200 and includes installation. Active duty banners will be displayed year round. They will be removed when the service person is no longer serving active duty in the armed forces, or if the banner becomes damaged or when the program concludes.

Banners will be returned to the applicant after removal, or they will be placed on the wall in the City Council Chamber or at the Veterans Monument. Annual verification of the service member's active duty status will be required. Eligible branches of the military service include Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, Merchant Marines, National Guard Active Reserve.