Hometown Heroes – DeKalb to Honor Local Veterans


In a partnership between the DeKalb American Legion Post 66 and the City of DeKalb a new salute to current service members and veterans will be created.

The project is called “DeKalb Hometown Hero,” and was created to pay tribute to the brave men and women from DeKalb, Illinois who are serving, have served, or have given their life to our country in one of the United States Armed Forces.

These heroes will be featured on banners that will be displayed on the street light poles on Locust Street in downtown DeKalb. The Banners will be 18 inches wide and 38 inches tall and will feature the Service member’s name, photo image, military branch and rank.

The individuals to be recognized must reside or have resided in the City of DeKalb and call DeKalb their hometown. Individuals must have served in any of the following branches—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard—and must also meet one of the following conditions:

  • Currently be an active service member
  • Be an honorably discharged veteran
  • Died in the line of duty

To register for a banner, simply complete the Application Form (see below) and the Release Statement. Return your completed forms along with the requested information and your payment (once approved) to:

DeKalb American Legion Post 66
Attention: Post Commander
1204 S 4th St
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Please Note: Due to the limited number of locations available, a selection committee appointed by the Post Commander will accept and review applications to include both current serving military and veterans from the various branches.

Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first–served basis by the Military Veteran selection committee.

Once the application is verified, the Commander will notify the applicant/family of the approval and the $100.00 fee and other information will be required.

Banners will be displayed by May 15 in time to honor our Veterans and Military Service members on Memorial Day.

Note: To view the second page of the application form below, mouse over document and then click on arrows at the bottom.



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