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Small Colorado town finds a unique way to honor war veterans this Veterans Day

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Posted at 5:27 AM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 11:57:43-05

NIWOT, Colo. — The town of Niwot, Colorado, which sits between Longmont on Boulder off Highway 119, came up with a simple idea with a lot of heart: For Veterans Day, 35 banners with the names and faces of veterans now hang on light poles up and down 2nd Avenue.

"It's just great that the town has done this," said Carrie Wise. She sponsored a banner with a picture of her parents on it. She said her dad served in the Navy between 1942 and 1945.

Some of the banners have pictures of heroes who served in WWI and WWII.

"Everybody gave something. Many gave everything," said Vietnam veteran Richard Piland. "For those who gave everything, I'm very grateful."

The banners went up Oct. 15 and will stay up until Nov. 15. Each banner includes a veteran's photo, branch of service, rank and years of service. This is the town's first year doing this project.

The Veteran's Banner Project was born thanks to the Niwot Community Association and the Niwot Business Association. You can visit Niwot and look at the banners now through November 15th. Read the biographies of each veteran honored in the project here.