LOCK HAVEN – Commissioner Angela Harding encouraged the public to attend the City’s upcoming Heroes Banner Ceremony on Saturday, August 28 at the J. Doyle Corman Amphitheater. Harding spoke at the Council of Commissioners meeting on Thursday morning.
“Many volunteers over the summer have contributed to this program. The hanging of banners took place during this week and they will unveil special banners this Saturday ”, said Harding.
The ceremony takes place every two years when banners for active duty military personnel, U.S. Armed Forces veterans, emergency first responders and healthcare workers are placed throughout downtown Lock Haven. . Almost 200 banners were hung downtown with the help of volunteers this week.
With this latest campaign, the association and its main campaign partner, the Clinton County Veterans Affairs Office, now headed by Jennifer Hagaman, will have displayed some 2,500 banners in downtown streets and on the Riverwalk.
The program – a major fundraiser for Downtown Lock Haven, Inc. – will begin at 10 a.m. and will include a number of guest speakers.
Among them, the guest speaker, Navy Rear Adm. Sara “Clutch” Joyner, a Navy pilot who has completed multiple deployments in support of Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Operations Southern Watch.
Joyner has won numerous accolades / medals and has accumulated over 3,700 flight hours and 750 landings on Navy planes. She is currently the Chief of Naval Legislative Affairs for the 117th United States Congress.
Other speakers will include Randy Padfield, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and local speakers Timothy Reeves, CEO of Bucktail Medical Center; Angela Harding, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DLH; United States Congressional District Representative, 12th Pa. Fred Keller; 25th District Senator Cris Dush; 76th District Representative Stephanie Borowicz and City of Lock Haven Mayor Joel Long.
Cara Montarsi, a local State Farm officer and chair of the Hometown Hero Banner volunteer committee, will serve as emcee.
Padfield has over 30 years of experience providing and training emergency services, including the disciplines of fire rescue, emergency medical services, and emergency and incident management.
Prior to his position at PEMA, he was Director of the Public Safety Training Center at Harrisburg Area Community College. He has been involved in many local, regional, state and federal responses throughout his career, including the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
Reeves will make a special presentation on behalf of Margaret “Margie” Palmer, a Bucktail Medical Center staff member who lost his life to COVID-19.
Also integral to the program and ceremony with the participation of volunteers are: Korean War Veterans Honor Guard; singer Kendall Eichenlaub; Pastor Frank Hartzel, USAF, Vietnam Veteran; singer Elaine Barth; Veterans and families of the region representing all branches of the service and all eras of the military; Monica Anderson, SFC, US Army, and bagpiper John MacMillen, USAF, Vietnam veteran.