BRAWLEY – Local Brawley Union High School student, Sarah Steimel, introduced a senior project in the form of a presentation to the Brawley City Council in November of 2013 where she found unanimous support.
The young and driven student conceived of a project to honor and recognize current and former servicepersons in the Armed Forces, proposing to establish a banner program along Brawley’s Main Street corridor.
“Sarah professionally presented her project concept to the City. We were stunned by the poise and professionalism she brought to the table, having researched model programs, evaluated various vendors, banner materials and associated costs,” commented Brawley Mayor Don C. Campbell.
Miss Steimel’s efforts gained further momentum when she reached out to the community of local veterans.
The Brawley Veterans Memorial Committee oversees the City’s much respected Veterans Wall Project.
“The Armed Forces Banner Program is a welcome addition to our efforts to recognize the contributions of local servicepersons. It’s a meaningful community project with a lasting impact,” stated Sam Palomares, President of the Veterans Memorial Committee. The Committee agreed to provide the financial vehicle for contributions and is significantly offsetting the cost of the banners to applicants.
The City of Brawley Parks and Recreation Department will serve as the hub for processing of applications.
Current and former servicepersons who reside in Brawley or whose immediate family members reside in Brawley are eligible to apply.
The application fee is $50 which must accompany a photo of the serviceperson in uniform and required documentation of service.
Applications may be obtained from the City of Brawley Parks and Recreation Department at 225 A Street.
Questions can be answered by phone at (760) 344-5675 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first thirty four banners will be installed on Main Street in Summer 2014. Subsequent banners will be incorporated on a rotating basis.