America’s Gold Star Families is sponsoring the Hometown Hero Banner Project and are now taking applications. Banner cost is $250.00, size is 30″x76″ and will be hung on street lamp posts in Peoria, Illinois. Banners will be displayed May through November starting in 2018 and will continue the tradition annually. A Dedication Ceremony will launch the project Memorial Day, Monday May 28, 10:30 AM Gateway Building downtown Peoria, IL. The public is encouraged to attend.


Registration deadline for first order is April 1, 2018. After this, registration immediately reopens for the next order with deadline August 1, 2018. This process will continue for each year following.


The Banners will feature picture of fallen heroes who lost their life while serving active duty in the United States Armed Forces or who are listed as Missing in Action (MIA).


Banners are durable vinyl, double-sided with sponsor name appearing at the bottom. Cost is $250 each. We highly recommend using a professional military photograph otherwise picture may appear grainy due to size of banner. Banners will have a life span of three years and will be retired to the family once removed.


Individuals, families, businesses, organizations and corporations are all encouraged to sponsor one or more of the banners. Sponsor name will appear at base of Banner. We will match funds with families of the fallen. All gifts are tax deductible as AGSF is a 501c3.


To the City of Peoria Public Works for their partnership in this endeavor and their commitment to remembering our fallen while honoring their families. Without them this project could not be possible.

Download application, make check payable to Gold Star and mail to:

Gold Star Families, 2426 W. Cornerstone Ct., Peoria, IL 61614.

Email picture to:  info@americasgoldstarfamilies.org.

Questions call:  309-231-5090.

Photographs that are mailed will be returned.

Click link below for application.

Hometown Hero Application




The​ ​Pekin City Council has ​authorized Parkway Drive from Sheridan to Court Street to install Hometown Hero Banners. Images of those who lost their life while serving active duty and MIA (Missing in Action) military personnel. Deadline is April 1, 2018. Cost is $250 which is tax deductible.​ America’s Gold Star Families wishes to thank the City of Pekin for allowing this project to be part of their community!

Click link below for application.

Hometown Hero Application (Pekin)




Click here to download America’s Gold Star Families’ 990’s