Rapid City man's banner project to honor veterans
Oct. 29, 2017
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man is recognizing local servicemen and women by organizing a banner project with the goal of putting dozens of colorful banners featuring veterans throughout town.
Bill Casper served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1963. He says the concept of the Veteran's Honor Banner Project isn't his idea, but he wants it to gain popularity in Rapid City, the Rapid City Journal reported .
"It's not my original idea," he said. "A friend started it in Emporia, Kansas, and told me about it. It's a big deal down there, and they do a barbecue and program, and they have hundreds of banners flying there."
Casper said his goal is to place as many banners honoring veterans on downtown banner hangers in November. He said he'd have banners featuring 18 World War II veterans flying downtown next month thanks to the support of Main Street Square coordinators.
"These veterans will be honored by having a banner with their picture, service branch and some facts regarding where they served and what battles they fought in," Casper said.
He hopes the project will eventually recognize those who served in conflicts such as Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Casper expects to double the number of banners flying in 2018 and has already begun exploring potential sites.
"To me, it's just a matter of recognizing the sacrifices they made and the fact we shouldn't forget them," he said. "We ought to keep them in mind. In this day and age, most of us don't have skin in the game anymore. The more we recognize these veterans, the better it is for us and our nation's veterans."
Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com