Tempe, AZ

Let's pay tribute to Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members in Downtown Tempe with Elevate Our Heroes program

Sandy Casariego

TEMPE, AZ — Downtown Tempe Authority recently launched Elevate Our Heroes, a new military tribute banner program. This program is one of two programs in Arizona that honor and celebrates the veterans and active-duty members.

To make the Elevate Our Heroes Banner Program possible Downtown Tempe Authority, the City of Tempe, and the Tempe City Council have worked together continuously. In June, Tempe City Council approved the program and gave it its full support.

"This program is a living tribute in Downtown Tempe to recognize and honor the brave military heroes who served, are serving, or have given their lives for our country,” said Kate Borders, Executive Director of Downtown Tempe Authority.

The program will showcase a full-color banner with a customized name, official military photo, and branch of service of the military person. The banner will be sponsored by community members, businesses, or organizations who want to honor a military member, local or not, living or deceased.

The banners will be displayed in November 2021 and November 2022 on Downtown Tempe’s iconic lamp. After November 2022, banners will be returned to the businesses or business members who sponsored them.

There are only 115 banners available and Downtown Tempe Authority is currently accepting orders. The fees for orders are $100 per banner if payment is received by September 1, 2021, and $125 per banner if payment is received between September 1, 2021, and October 1, 2021.

Furthermore, Downtown Tempe Authority is also accepting donations for the program to lighten the financial barrier of families or friends who want to honor a hero in their life.

For more information about the program, check out the Elevate Our Heroes webpage.

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