Pictured is a banner honoring Raymond R. Stout from Hillsboro, who was killed in action Sept. 28, 1918.
Pictured is a banner honoring Raymond R. Stout from Hillsboro, who was killed in action Sept. 28, 1918.
Support Our Troops of Highland County, the Highland County Historical Society and Hillsboro Uptown Renaissance Project (HURP) have announced a joint project called “Honoring Those Who’ve Served.”

During Memorial Day Weekend, the streets of Hillsboro will be lined with new banners featuring local veterans. The old banners will be replaced with new two-sided, colored banners featuring a picture, name and service information (branch and emblem, war/era, years of service and rank) of a local veteran.

“I first got the idea last year when I was driving through Owensville and saw veteran banners on their light poles,” committee member Alex Butler said. “Soon after, Fayetteville did the same thing. I decided it was time to make this happen in Hillsboro, too. It is a very impressive view to drive through a small town and see local heroes on full display. This is something we all can get behind.”

The purpose of the project is to honor those in the community who have served, promote a sense of community and bolster local patriotism.

“I approached Steph Roland about the idea, and she was very encouraging and offered to help,” Butler said. “As the project evolved, other organizations (the Historical Society and HURP) got involved, and I’m grateful for their help.”

Butler also thanked Alice Wilson and Kevin Barreras for their guidance and advice.

The committees are also taking this opportunity to honor a hero of the past. The committee has purchased a banner in memory of Raymond R. Stout from Hillsboro, who was killed in action Sept. 28, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France. Stout was the first reported Highland County veteran to die in World War I, and 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Private Stout’s death and the end of WWI. The local American Legion Post 129 is named in his honor.

There are currently 46 spots available for the banner project. The committee would like to have enough participation to continue this project for a few years or more into the future. The first round of banners will be installed in May in preparation for Memorial Day weekend. A new rotation of banners will be installed next year for the 2019 season.

Businesses, churches and/or individuals are encouraged to sponsor a local veteran, living or deceased. The cost is $50 for a large banner uptown, and a smaller yard/garden banner can be purchased for $25.

“We want to honor the veterans no longer with us but also want to celebrate and encourage the heroes still among us,” Butler said. “We love them and appreciate them.”

Applications are available in Hillsboro at the Highland County Veterans Service Office, 1575 N. High St., Suite 400, or the Highland County Historical Society, 151 East Main Street. Completed application, along with payment and photo, must be hand-delivered to either the Veterans Service Office or the Historical Society. Make checks payable to Hillsboro Uptown Renaissance Project (HURP). The application deadline for the 2018 season is Friday, April 13.

For more information, contact Steph Roland at (937) 763-8164 or Vicki Knauff at (937) 393-3392.