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Santa Maria
Military Banner Program




Contact Information:

HTH-American_LegionAmerican Legion
501 N. Pine Street
Santa Maria, CA 93458
(805) 478-6472


HTH-VFW-LogoVeterans of Foreign Wars Post 2521
200 E. Battles Road
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 925-5215


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Recreation and Parks Department
615 S. McClelland Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 925-0951 ext. 2260

Program Purpose

The Santa Maria Hometown Heroes Program was created to recognize individuals who serve or have served in the military. Banners will hang for approximately six months; first week of January through the last week of June and the first week of July through the end of December.



Eligible candidates include: active duty, retired, honorably discharged, and those who gave their life in action in one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The U.S. Armed Forces include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

The service member must either be or have been a resident of the City of Santa Maria.


Application, Installation,and Retirement Process

An application shall be completed by a friend or family member and submitted to the American Legion or VFW Post 2521.

An appropriate 5”x7” or larger color portrait-style photo or digital photo (600 dpi or better) in service uniform (dress uniform preferred) of the honoree must be included. Whenever possible, the honoree shall give the friend or family member permission to recognize him or her on a banner. This permission does not have to be in writing.

Once the American Legion, VFW, or Recreation and Parks Department, has received the application and the $250 payment from the sponsoring friends, family, business, or organization, the banner will be created. There are approximately 23 locations available on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

A presentation will be held at a City of Santa Maria City Council meeting and will be scheduled as soon as possible prior to the placement of the banner to a lamp post. The honoree’s contact person will be notified and requested to inform the honoree’s family and friends. Once the banner is removed from the lamp post, it will be returned to the family/sponsor.



Banner cost is $250 each and may be sponsored by friends, family, a business, or an organization.



American Legion, VFW Post 2521, or the City of Santa Maria are not liable for any damage, loss, or vandalism associated with the banners. Any loss or damage to an installed banner will be handled on a case-by-case basis depending on the circumstances.