Avondale unveiled its new “Hometown Heroes” banners paying tribute to those who are serving, have served or have given their lives in service in the United States Armed Forces. Banners featuring the faces of Avondale military members are displayed on street light poles along Dysart Road.
This is the second year of the Hometown Heroes streetlight banners program. The program is funded by the Avondale Municipal Art Committee, which wanted to recognize members of the city’s military family and demonstrate that Avondale is proud of their service and dedication to America.
Among the eight new banners on display is a banner dedicated to Lance Cpl. Justin Andrew Hinds, who died on May 4, 2019, at his military installation at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Born on Jan. 4, 1991, in California, Hinds moved to Avondale from Los Angeles with his parents and siblings, and after completing high school, joined the armed forces as a combat engineer with the U.S. Army in 2011.
He served a tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he fought in combat for his country. Upon his return, he joined the U.S. National Guard from April 2014 to December 2015, before joining the US Marine Corps in January 2016, serving honorably for the next three years before his sudden passing in 2019.
“The Hometown Heroes banner program provides our city the opportunity to recognize, honor and remember the service and sacrifice of our military personnel,” said Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise.
“I think this is a great program to honor those in our community who serve. Thank you for recognizing those past, and present,” said a mother who submitted a nomination for her son.
The Hometown Heroes can be viewed in the median area along Dysart Road between McDowell and Van Buren. Visit avondaleaz.gov to locate each banner and read a story submitted by their families.
The Hometown Hero Banner Program will rotate the veteran banners annually; the next cycle is scheduled to display for Veterans Day 2020. Each cycle of the program is intended to run a minimum of one year. At the end of that cycle, the retired banner may be claimed by the service member or their family.
For more information visit avondaleaz.gov/hometownhero or call (623) 333-2787.