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Main Street Ottumwa’s Military and Veteran Banner Program

Main Street Ottumwa is pleased to be accepting applications for its new banner program which recognizes and honors those who are serving or have served in the United States Armed forces.


The program is intended to show appreciation for veterans and military personnel and their families who have ties to the Ottumwa area. Banners will display a photo of the service person as well as their name, branch, and dates of military service.


To qualify for the Military and Veteran Banner Program, one of the following criteria must be met:


  1. The honoree is an active-duty member of the United States Armed Forces

  2. The honoree is a retired, deceased, or honorably discharged member of the United States Armed Forces who has, or did, reside in Ottumwa.

  3. The applicant is a current resident or business based in Ottumwa.

Banner Style and Display

Each banner is double sided, full color, 24” x 48” and custom made with an image of the honoree (provided by the applicant).


Banners will be placed on the decorative light poles on Main Street on or about Memorial Day and will remain up until Veterans Day, 2021. They will be displayed again in 2022 from Memorial Day to Veterans Day.


As many as 45 members of the military will be honored. There is a limit of one banner per honoree, and one person per banner.


Banners will be sold on a first come, first served basis as payment is received. A map will be created to help visitors and family members locate their banners.


Main Street Ottumwa or the City of Ottumwa will not be responsible for replacing banners that are stolen, damaged or destroyed due to sun, weather, age, vandalism, or any act of nature beyond our control, such as high winds.

Upon removal of the banner after the second year, every effort will be made to give the banner to the honoree or applicant.

Cost and Details

$150 per banner, for two-years. Cost covers the purchase of the banner, installation, and maintenance, as well as a contribution to local veteran affairs program “Veterans Casting Away Disabilities”.

Applicant is required to provide a high-quality photo of the honoree in their military uniform. If a digital copy is not available, please bring the picture to the Main Street Ottumwa office and it will be digitized for you. Photo must be provided no later than April 9, 2021.


Main Street Ottumwa will begin accepting reservations on Friday, Feb 19, at 8am. Applications may be submitted in person at the Main Street Office and printed off here. Payments must be received for the application to be processed. Checks should be payable to Main Street Ottumwa. Donations are considered tax free/tax deductible to the greatest extent allowed by the law.


Deadline for Submissions

The deadline to submit an application for a banner is April 1, 2021 or until availability runs out.


To Order

  1. Complete the order form available here.

  2. Provide a military photo (submit high resolution JPG to Be sure the file name includes the honoree name on the application. You may also provide a hard copy to be digitized)

  3.  Mail or deliver order form and payment by April 1, 2021 to:

Main Street Ottumwa

O’Town Hero Banner Program

217 East Main Street

Ottumwa, IA 52501


Questions may be directed to:

Fred Zesiger

Main Street Ottumwa