Fort Wayne Honors Veterans through Blue Star Banner Program

May 25th, 2018

Five years after the program first launched, the City of Fort Wayne is once again hanging banners in honor of City of Fort Wayne residents and City of Fort Wayne government employees who are actively deployed.

The Blue Star Banner Program started in 2014 to recognize military members who are actively deployed.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our service members. The men and women on active deployment sacrifice so much for our freedom that a program such as the Blue Star Banner is a great way to highlight the efforts of the real heroes in our City," said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry in a press release. 

In 2018, crews installed the banners of 10 service members, four of which are new banners.

  • Specialist Combat Engineer Jaron Stephen Birkey, U.S. Army
  • Staff Sergeant Denisson Carrillo, U.S. Army
  • Master Sergeant Christopher R. Gustafson, U.S. Army 
  • Petty Officer Alexander K. Taylor, U.S. Navy

Family and friends of deployed military personnel are encouraged to complete an application at Once the applications are reviewed, banners will be made and displayed on light poles along West Jefferson Boulevard from the Time Corners area to Swinney Park. Banners will be displayed through November and then removed during the winter months for protection from the weather. 

Individuals or companies interested in making a donation to the Blue Star Banner by being a sponsor may contact Karen Richards, Mayor's Office, (260) 427-2146 and

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