Hometown Banner Program

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(Updated Oct. 20, 2022)

The City of Coronado and the Hometown Banner Committee invite the community to attend their next dedication ceremony to honor the latest group of hometown military veterans and active duty service members, including a mother and daughter, on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Coronado High School.

Twelve “hometown heroes” who call or have called Coronado home will be recognized and honored as part of the program’s 15th Group. Banners for the honorees will be displayed beginning the week of Oct. 31 through May 2023 along the “Coronado Avenue of Heroes,” which is on Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island.

Hear the biographies of Airman 1st Class Jeanne Lassus Marden and her daughter Cmdr. Cherie B. Collins, who will both be honored Nov. 5. The late Jeanne Marden enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and was honorably discharged when she married her husband, who also was in the Air Force. Her daughter Cherie Collins wanted to enter the Naval Academy, but that was not an option at the time. She joined a military unit for women as a seaman recruit instead and 30 years later retired a commander. Collins’ husband, Marine Corps Col. James M. Collins, was honored last year. A true military family.

Officials with the City of Coronado, VFW Post 2422, the Third & Fourth Streets Neighborhood Association, and the Coronado Historical Association have worked together to develop the Hometown Banner program, which honors men and women from Coronado. Honorees will have their biographies read. Additionally, they or their families will be presented with commemorative mini-banners and asked to come forward for photos. It is a moving and well-attended event. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last until noon in the school auditorium, 650 D Ave. Doors open at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. Golf carts will be available to shuttle attendees.

The Hometown Banner ceremony is an inspirational way for the Coronado community to honor the many men and women who have lived here during their military careers. Banners are provided at no cost to the families or honorees once they are retired from the Coronado Avenue of Heroes. Any active duty, veteran or retired service member who served honorably is eligible for recognition. In a town known for its military presence, Coronado has plenty of candidates. If you can’t attend the ceremony, view the event live on the City’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 5. For viewing after the event, check out Coronado TV or visit the City’s YouTube channel. For more information on the nomination process, visit CommentCoronado.org.


(Updated July 29, 2022)

The Hometown Banner Program is an inspirational way for the Coronado community to honor the many men and women who have lived here during their military careers.

Banners commemorating those selected for the honor are hung along the City’s designated Avenue of Heroes, Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island. Those selected are honored with a reading of their biographies and a personal photo presentation at a special ceremony in front of family and friends.

Banners are provided at no cost to the families or honorees once they are retired. Any active duty, veteran or retired service member who served honorably and lived or served in Coronado is eligible for recognition.

In a town known for its military presence, Coronado has plenty of candidates. If you would like to nominate someone, visit CommentCoronado.com. Nominations are accepted on a continuing basis.

The next ceremony is set for Nov. 5, 2022.


(Updated May 23, 2022)

The City of Coronado and the Hometown Banner Committee hosted a dedication ceremony on May 21 to honor the latest group of hometown military veterans or active duty service members with banners along the Avenue of Heroes and a celebration of their service.

Eleven “hometown heroes” who call or have called Coronado home were recognized as the 14th Group. Banners for the honorees will be displayed beginning along Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island through November 2022.

Officials with the City of Coronado, VFW Post 2422, the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association, and the Coronado Historical Association worked together to develop the Hometown Banner program, which honors men and women from Coronado who are serving or have served their country.

At the event, the biographies of each honoree were read while a slideshow of photos of their lives and military careers was presented. Additionally, they or their families were presented with commemorative mini-banners and had photos taken, which are posted online. It is was a well-attended event held at 10:30 a.m. at the Coronado High School Performing Arts Center. Guests enjoyed pre- and post-event refreshments and mingling with other honorees and guests.

Here is the program taped live on the City's Facebook page: Hometown Banner Group 14 Live


Check back for links to the produced videotaped event, official program and photos.


The Hometown Banner ceremony is an inspirational way for the Coronado community to honor the many men and women who have lived here during their military careers. Banners are provided at no cost to the families or honorees once they are retired from the Avenue of Heroes. Any active duty, veteran or retired service member who served honorably is eligible for recognition. In a town known for its military presence, Coronado has plenty of candidates. If you can’t attend the ceremony, view the event live on the City’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on May 21. For viewing after May 21, check Coronado TV or visit the City’s YouTube channel.



If you would like to nominate someone, get more details on the Nov. 5 ceremony or watch archived ceremonies, visit the City’s website or read more here.

Click here to view the Fall 2021 Program.

About the Program

The Hometown Banner Program is a military service recognition program sponsored by the City of Coronado. Nominations are accepted on a continuing basis and everyone is encouraged to nominate a deserving veteran -- living or deceased -- that has honorably served their country.

Hometown Banners: Hometown Banners honoring Coronado veterans are displayed along Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island, which has been officially designated as the Avenue of Heroes.


Nomination Eligibility: Nominees for banners shall be past or present residents of Coronado -- living or deceased -- who served or are serving honorably in any branch of the US Armed Forced. For purposes of satisfying the residency requirement, an individual shall be considered a resident of Coronado if they presently reside or previously resided within the City limits of Coronado, including being stationed at Naval Base Coronado. Proof of military service may be documented in many ways, including, but not limited to, a copy of their DD Form 214, an individual's release from active duty record, or an individual's active duty record. Proof of prior or current residency shall be provided to the satisfaction of the selection Committee. Proof of residency may take many forms depending on available documentation.


Placement and Removal of Banners: The Hometown Banners are hung from street light poles on Third and Fourth Street between Orange Avenue and Alameda Boulevard. If sufficient applications are received new banners are typically installed every six months on or about Veterans Day (November) and Memorial Day (May). In November or May, those being honored and their families are invited to a recognition ceremony. Once the banners are retired they are made available to the honoree and/or their family as a keepsake.



(Updated Oct. 20, 2022)

The City of Coronado and the Hometown Banner Committee invite the community to attend their next dedication ceremony to honor the latest group of hometown military veterans and active duty service members, including a mother and daughter, on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Coronado High School.

Twelve “hometown heroes” who call or have called Coronado home will be recognized and honored as part of the program’s 15th Group. Banners for the honorees will be displayed beginning the week of Oct. 31 through May 2023 along the “Coronado Avenue of Heroes,” which is on Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island.

Hear the biographies of Airman 1st Class Jeanne Lassus Marden and her daughter Cmdr. Cherie B. Collins, who will both be honored Nov. 5. The late Jeanne Marden enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and was honorably discharged when she married her husband, who also was in the Air Force. Her daughter Cherie Collins wanted to enter the Naval Academy, but that was not an option at the time. She joined a military unit for women as a seaman recruit instead and 30 years later retired a commander. Collins’ husband, Marine Corps Col. James M. Collins, was honored last year. A true military family.

Officials with the City of Coronado, VFW Post 2422, the Third & Fourth Streets Neighborhood Association, and the Coronado Historical Association have worked together to develop the Hometown Banner program, which honors men and women from Coronado. Honorees will have their biographies read. Additionally, they or their families will be presented with commemorative mini-banners and asked to come forward for photos. It is a moving and well-attended event. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last until noon in the school auditorium, 650 D Ave. Doors open at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. Golf carts will be available to shuttle attendees.

The Hometown Banner ceremony is an inspirational way for the Coronado community to honor the many men and women who have lived here during their military careers. Banners are provided at no cost to the families or honorees once they are retired from the Coronado Avenue of Heroes. Any active duty, veteran or retired service member who served honorably is eligible for recognition. In a town known for its military presence, Coronado has plenty of candidates. If you can’t attend the ceremony, view the event live on the City’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 5. For viewing after the event, check out Coronado TV or visit the City’s YouTube channel. For more information on the nomination process, visit CommentCoronado.org.


(Updated July 29, 2022)

The Hometown Banner Program is an inspirational way for the Coronado community to honor the many men and women who have lived here during their military careers.

Banners commemorating those selected for the honor are hung along the City’s designated Avenue of Heroes, Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island. Those selected are honored with a reading of their biographies and a personal photo presentation at a special ceremony in front of family and friends.

Banners are provided at no cost to the families or honorees once they are retired. Any active duty, veteran or retired service member who served honorably and lived or served in Coronado is eligible for recognition.

In a town known for its military presence, Coronado has plenty of candidates. If you would like to nominate someone, visit CommentCoronado.com. Nominations are accepted on a continuing basis.

The next ceremony is set for Nov. 5, 2022.


(Updated May 23, 2022)

The City of Coronado and the Hometown Banner Committee hosted a dedication ceremony on May 21 to honor the latest group of hometown military veterans or active duty service members with banners along the Avenue of Heroes and a celebration of their service.

Eleven “hometown heroes” who call or have called Coronado home were recognized as the 14th Group. Banners for the honorees will be displayed beginning along Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island through November 2022.

Officials with the City of Coronado, VFW Post 2422, the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association, and the Coronado Historical Association worked together to develop the Hometown Banner program, which honors men and women from Coronado who are serving or have served their country.

At the event, the biographies of each honoree were read while a slideshow of photos of their lives and military careers was presented. Additionally, they or their families were presented with commemorative mini-banners and had photos taken, which are posted online. It is was a well-attended event held at 10:30 a.m. at the Coronado High School Performing Arts Center. Guests enjoyed pre- and post-event refreshments and mingling with other honorees and guests.

Here is the program taped live on the City's Facebook page: Hometown Banner Group 14 Live


Check back for links to the produced videotaped event, official program and photos.


The Hometown Banner ceremony is an inspirational way for the Coronado community to honor the many men and women who have lived here during their military careers. Banners are provided at no cost to the families or honorees once they are retired from the Avenue of Heroes. Any active duty, veteran or retired service member who served honorably is eligible for recognition. In a town known for its military presence, Coronado has plenty of candidates. If you can’t attend the ceremony, view the event live on the City’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on May 21. For viewing after May 21, check Coronado TV or visit the City’s YouTube channel.



If you would like to nominate someone, get more details on the Nov. 5 ceremony or watch archived ceremonies, visit the City’s website or read more here.

Click here to view the Fall 2021 Program.

About the Program

The Hometown Banner Program is a military service recognition program sponsored by the City of Coronado. Nominations are accepted on a continuing basis and everyone is encouraged to nominate a deserving veteran -- living or deceased -- that has honorably served their country.

Hometown Banners: Hometown Banners honoring Coronado veterans are displayed along Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island, which has been officially designated as the Avenue of Heroes.


Nomination Eligibility: Nominees for banners shall be past or present residents of Coronado -- living or deceased -- who served or are serving honorably in any branch of the US Armed Forced. For purposes of satisfying the residency requirement, an individual shall be considered a resident of Coronado if they presently reside or previously resided within the City limits of Coronado, including being stationed at Naval Base Coronado. Proof of military service may be documented in many ways, including, but not limited to, a copy of their DD Form 214, an individual's release from active duty record, or an individual's active duty record. Proof of prior or current residency shall be provided to the satisfaction of the selection Committee. Proof of residency may take many forms depending on available documentation.


Placement and Removal of Banners: The Hometown Banners are hung from street light poles on Third and Fourth Street between Orange Avenue and Alameda Boulevard. If sufficient applications are received new banners are typically installed every six months on or about Veterans Day (November) and Memorial Day (May). In November or May, those being honored and their families are invited to a recognition ceremony. Once the banners are retired they are made available to the honoree and/or their family as a keepsake.


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