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Memorial Day banners in Blanchester honor service men and women

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Published on May 26, 2015

BLANCHESTER, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- The village of Blanchester added a moving tribute this Memorial Day, to those who have served their country.Sixty-five banners line the main street of the community. They bear the names and faces of local members of the military. The banners line the parade route and those attending the parade and participating in it can see them. The images are those who served from as far back as World War II and up to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.The idea originated in Pittsburgh. Susan Jacobs helped to bring it to Blanchester. "The fellow at HTM Designs sent me a proof of what my uncle's banner would look like and at that moment I thought I've got to get this done, it was just tearful for me. So I took it to the village officials and the community and it's been overwhelmingly supported."Blanchester is a small town, so many residents know at least a few of those honored on the banners.The parade ended at the cemetery with a memorial service. Follow Jeff Hirsh on Twitter @local12jeff and LIKE him on Facebook

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