Office of Mayor William Peduto
City of Pittsburgh Introduces Street Banner Program to Honor War Veterans

PITTSBURGH, PA (December 16, 2015) Mayor William Peduto and Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith today unveiled new plans to honor the City’s war veterans through street banners in business districts throughout Pittsburgh.

An amendment is being introduced to City Council today creating a Veteran Banner Program for veterans, families and veterans groups to work with the Department of Public Works to display street banners in neighborhood business districts or Downtown.

“Pittsburgh has one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the country, and this is a simple but powerful way of honoring their service,” Mayor Peduto said.

“Families have been asking me for months to help them cut through red tape to make hanging these banners easier, and I’m thrilled we found a way to assist them,” Councilwoman Kail-Smith said.

The amendment calls on the City to establish a formal application process to have have veteran banners hung on city facilities or light poles, subject to approval by the City and community organizations (or the City Council member) in the neighborhood business districts where they are requested. It allows only veterans who are current residents of the City or were residents of the City during their period of service, and were honorably discharged from their military service, to have a City of Pittsburgh banner dedicated to them.

Like all banners placed in City business districts the banners will become property of the City of Pittsburgh, be subject to approval by the Art Commission, and will be hung and displayed at the direction of the Department of Public Works.

A copy of the amendment is attached.



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