It was smiles all around when the first of the Feather River Blue Star Moms’ (FRBSM) Hometown Heroes Project banners went up June 17 in Old Town Chester.
Chapter and community members were on scene to watch linemen from Pacific Gas and Electric Company install brackets and hang the banners.
The banners are spaced on light poles from the eastern end of town, across from the Bidwell House, all the way down to the Main Street Bridge that spans the North Fork of the Feather River.
The local project was begun in October 2010 and actually required the families and friends of active duty service members to form the Blue Star chapter that now serves Plumas County and Westwood in Lassen County.
FRBSM chapter president Ann Cordero said the project was fully funded by a donation from the Rotary Club of Chester and the tamale sale hosted by chapter members.
“Those two funding sources totally paid for the initial part of this project,” Cordero said.
Asked how long the banners will remain up, she replied, “These particular banners will remain until they are rotated out for other service members. The banners themselves will be here forever.”
Lake Almanor Basin troops that are present in the first round of banners are:
In the next phase of the project, 11 banners will be hung in the community of Westwood. At this time, the chapter is seeking permission and assistance from the entity that owns the light poles.
Cordero said she believes that once the banners are up, family and friends of service members will provide more names.
She also said that when this begins to happen the chapter would add those service members to the troop care package list.
“We are so excited about today. A lot of work went into this and we are so happy to see it come to culmination,” Cordero said.
To see pictures and learn more about the Feather River Blue Star Moms chapter and their many projects, go to featherriverbluestarmoms.com.
The chapter holds two meetings each month and family, friends and community members are invited to attend.
In Chester, the chapter meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Chester Memorial Hall.
In Westwood, the chapter meets on the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Calvary Chapel at 319 Ash St.
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