Founded in 2018, the Hometown Heroes Military Banner Program is designed to honor DeLand residents who served in the military.
Thanks to AdventHealth the program is free for DeLand residents (both in city limits and unincorporated areas) and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The City of DeLand has a rich history of honoring military veterans including events like hosting the Volusia County Veterans Day Parade. The Hometown Heroes Military Banner Program will build on that rich history. The program will allow DeLand area residents to honor family members that are active service members or past military officers that have been honorably discharged or died in the line of duty by having the city display street-pole banners honoring our veterans in Downtown DeLand.
All honorees or their families will also receive a keepsake replica banner.
If you would like to participate, we are starting a waiting list for the 2023 program. Thank you for your interest!
To qualify for a banner, honorees must meet the following requirements:
Active or honorably discharged military personnel of the United States Armed Forces or Died in the line of duty as a member of the United States Armed Forces
A Current DeLand resident or an immediate family member of a DeLand resident. (Immediate family would include a wife or husband, son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter, son-in-law or daughter-in-law).
The following must be included with the application:
Photograph - A 5 by 7 inch or larger color photograph must be provided. The photograph should be of the service person in uniform. If none is available, a high-resolution photo will suffice. The photograph must be of good quality and will not be returned. Please do not send the original photograph.
Verification of military service (i.e. copy of military orders or military ID, DD214 form).
Proof of DeLand residency for the service person or immediate family member (i.e. copy of utility bill or driver’s license).
Help Available for Veterans or Families of Veterans
There is help available for veterans or families of veterans who are struggling to adapt to civilian life.
We have linked to a guide that provides comprehensive information on substance abuse statistics among veterans, governmental programs that offer treatment, and steps that veterans can take to get the help that they need.