ULYSSES — If you’ve taken a drive through downtown Ulysses within the past few weeks, you probably saw a new addition to the town: banners honoring veterans who currently live in the Northern Potter School District, or have in the past, have been put on display.
Jen Thompson, president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #963, in Ulysses, said she saw other towns honoring its veterans with similar signs and banners, and thought Ulysses needed to do something like that.
About two years ago, she reached out to some surrounding towns, Galeton, specifically, to find out who they used for the banners, then obtained permission from the Ulysses borough and permits to use the poles.
She and the Auxiliary advertised the banners at community events and passed out flyers to different businesses to get it going. After doing that, she said there was a big wave of requests coming in. Currently there are about 46 banners up.
“Now that they’re up in the air, we’ve had another wave of them come through,” Thompson said. The Auxiliary isn’t concerned about not having enough places for the banners and people can still put in a request for a banner.
“The more the merrier, as far as I’m concerned. I like seeing all of their faces up,” Thompson said.
The community’s reaction to the banners has been very positive, with lots of appreciation and “thank yous”.
“I don’t even know how to find the words, I just know that my heart is so happy and it brings tears in my eyes, honestly, to see them up in the air, all these great men and women who have served,” Thompson said.
For more information or to purchase a banner, contact Thompson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out the Facebook page, “Ulysses American Legion Unit #963 Auxillary.”