Yukon veterans and their families launched Military Appreciation Month Saturday with a ribbon-cutting for 40 banners that have been installed along Main Street recognizing military members and veterans.
“It is a great honor and humble privilege to honor our veterans,” said Main Street Director Vicki Davis at the event, held outside the Yukon Veterans Museum, 1010 W. Main St.
“We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for veterans who have served.”
Davis knows that sacrifice personally.
She was a military wife for 20 years while her husband, Jeffrey Davis, served in the Army. Her son, Jeremy Davis, is now in the Air Force.
Yukon 66 Main Street Association and the City of Yukon worked together on the project.
Main Street Board Member and Project Coordinator Kay Casper thanked those who helped with the Yukon Salutes project, including:
• Crystina Stump, the city’s graphic artist, who designed the banners;
• Hank Baker, owner of Baker Photo & Video, who donated the scans of photos for the banners;
• Public Works employees who placed the banners
• Yukon Trophy & Awards, which printed the banners
“I can’t thank our veterans enough for what they have done,” Casper said.
Mayor Shelli Selby presented a proclamation for Military Appreciation Month, which started Sunday and goes through Nov. 11.
She thanked the veterans’ families for supporting the veterans’ service.
The 40 veterans and active service members featured served a combined time of nearly 400 years, dating to the 1940s.
It includes World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and other campaigns, Davis said.
The honorees represent the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and various National Guard and Reserve units.
After the ceremony, veterans and their families toured the Veterans Museum and viewed the Yukon Salutes display.
Davis said the banners were sponsored by family members or friends, who were able to choose the veteran to honor.
“I was very, very pleased,” she said, adding that the event did reach its capacity this year.
Davis said it hoped that the program will continue next year, and can expand to include additional veterans.
The full capacity, she said, is about 100 banners.
The banners begin at Cornwell Avenue and stretch to Garth Brooks Boulevard along Main Street.