Main Street Ottumwa’s Military and Veteran Banner Program

All available banners for 2022 have been reserved. Thank you for your support of Main Street Ottumwa and Veterans Casting Away Disabilities. 

The Main Street Ottumwa Program is pleased to be accepting applications for the Hometown Hero 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 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, 2022. They will be displayed again in 2023 from Memorial Day to Veterans Day.


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. 


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.

Questions may be directed to:

Fred Zesiger

Main Street Ottumwa

(641) 226-1353