By Conrad Dudderar
Thirty-four veterans and 10 first responders are being honored with banners placed this week along Yukon’s Main Street.
The “Yukon Salutes” display will officially kick-off with a ceremony set 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Yukon Veterans Museum, 1012 W Main.
“It is our honor to recognize the selfless service to community and country that our local veterans and first responders represent for the past eight decades,” Yukon Main Street director Vicki Davis said.
The opening reception “is a great way to unveil any banners that are a surprise to the honoree,” Davis added.
“We hope to see many of our local heroes and their families this Saturday morning.”
The Yukon Salutes’ project started in 2020 when the first banners were placed on street poles along Route 66 in Yukon.
“This is a unique opportunity to recognize our local hometown heroes,” Davis said. “We have so many in our community who do so much.
“Our banners will honor 44 of our hometown heroes; however, we have so many more that have served and continue to serve.”
One Yukon Salutes’ veteran honoree began serving in 1941.
“Veterans Appreciation Month” will be observed Oct. 11 through Nov. 11 in the City of Yukon.
Yukon Veterans Museum founder/curator Rick Cacini joined Davis for a proclamation presentation during the Oct. 5th Yukon City Council meeting.
The proclamation, signed by Mayor Shelli Selby, refers to the thousands of brave Americans who have served the United States “with courage, honor and valor.”
Yukon citizens “will always remember and pay homage to our military community, both active and inactive, for their contribution, dedication and commitment to the cause of our freedom,” the proclamation reads.
“(W)e pledge our continued defense of our nation so that their sacrifice will stand before the entire world as a tribute to the spirit and determination of a people dedicated to the principles of freedom and democracy.”
The proclamation will be read at Saturday’s Yukon Salutes reception. The public is invited.
For more information about the Yukon Salutes banner program, call the Yukon Main Street office at (405) 350-5999.