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A way to say thank you for what they’ve done for us

Swisher Men’s Club honors veterans
Members of the Swisher Men’s Club placed 50 banners honoring Swisher area veterans on utility poles in Swisher on Friday, Nov. 6. They’ll be up until Sunday, Nov. 15.

SWISHER– Jose N. Harris is quoted as writing, “A veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. Regardless of personal or political views, there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact…”
The Swisher Men’s Club decided to not only remember that fact, but also make a visual statement of gratitude.
On Friday, Nov. 6. members of the club installed 50 banners in Swisher honoring Swisher area veterans in honor of Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11).
“We’re doing it to honor our veterans,” said club president Mike Brown Jr. “My dad’s a Vietnam veteran, and we’ve got a lot of veterans in the Swisher area, so we wanted to thank them for their service and show a little community pride. That’s what we try to do.”
The club asked the community for pictures of their veterans, past and present, and Tracy Griffin, owner of T Marie Portraits, scanned them and printed out the banners.
“She’s been a huge help with us on the project,” Brown said. Forty-one banners are of veterans, with nine celebrating Veterans Day. And, it’s only the beginning.
“We’re going to do Memorial Day banners, and for our graduating seniors (from Prairie High School),” Brown added.
The banners hang on poles from Division Street to 2nd Street on both Summit and Rose, and will be up until Sunday, Nov. 15.
“It’s a nice way to say thank you for what they’ve done for us,” Brown noted.