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News release from the City of Fort Wayne:

Mayor Henry presents Blue Star Banner to first recipient to return home from deployment

(July 16, 2014) – Mayor Tom Henry today hosted a recognition event to celebrate the safe return of the first recipient of a Blue Star Banner.

Brian Kiess works in the City’s Division of Public Works and recently returned home from deployment with the U.S. Army Reserve.

Mayor Henry presented the Blue Star Banner to Kiess to keep. Kiess was the first service member to have a banner displayed in his honor as part of the City of Fort Wayne’s new Blue Star Banner program, which recognizes City of Fort Wayne residents and City government employees who are actively deployed. Mayor Henry announced the program at a news conference in May.

When a service member returns home, the banner is taken down and presented to the individual.

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. Banners will be displayed each April-November.

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


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