TOWANDA - A third and final round of banners honoring veterans from Bradford County will be hung on the lampposts of downtown Towanda in May, according to the coordinator of the Bradford County Hometown Heroes Banner Project.

For the third round, up to 204 banners will be hung on Main and South Main streets and the Merrill Parkway, each bearing a name of a veteran and his or her photo, branch of service, era of service, and hometown, said Kelly Bradley, the coordinator of the project.

This is the third time that the Bradford County Hometown Heroes project, which is a joint venture of the Borough of Towanda and the Bradford County Veterans Affairs Office, has hung banners in downtown Towanda honoring veterans.

"There are still many people to be recognized (for their service)," Bradley said, explaining why organizers of the banner project decided to have a third round.

She said she has heard from people who wanted to honor someone for a banner, but for whom there wasn't room in the first two rounds.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. has donated $25,000 to the Bradford County Hometown Heroes Banner Project to pay all the costs associated with the third round of banners, Bradley said. Therefore, family members or others who wish to honor a veteran with a banner do not have to pay for the banner themselves, she said.

Chesapeake had also paid the costs associated with the second round of banners.

"Chesapeake is proud to support our veterans," said Jane Clements, manager of community affairs for Chesapeake Energy. "We have a long history of hiring veterans. We think this project is important to honor (veterans) for the time they served."

As was the case with the first two rounds, people from Bradford County who are currently serving in the military can also be honored with a banner, Bradley said.

The Hometown Heroes Project has already received approximately 40 applications for the third round, she said.

"They (the applications) are coming in fast and furiously," Bradley said.

The deadline for filing an application for a banner is March 1, she said. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

Those who file their application by Nov. 30 will automatically receive a free 8-inch by 10-inch colored copy, or facsimile, of their banner, Bradley said.

"They (the facsimiles) are nice for framing and giving as a gift," Bradley said.

Chesapeake is also paying for the facsimiles, she said.

The third round of banners, which will be made of vinyl, will be hung for two years, she said.

The second round of banners, which are currently on display in Towanda, will be taken down in May and given to the families of the veterans.

There is space on the lampposts to honor 204 veterans in the third round, Bradley said.

The third round of banners is also sponsored by Wyalusing American Legion Post 534.

Family members and friends can nominate someone to be on a banner. To nominate someone to be on a banner, fill out the application for a banner (it's also called the photo release form), which can be downloaded from www.mybchh.org, Bradley said. If you don't have access to a computer, you may call Bradley at (570) 746-3815, and she will mail you an application.

The application contains directions on where to submit it.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.