Lyndonville putting up 100 banners of ‘Hometown Heroes’

Photos courtesy of Teri Woodworth: These banners next to Veterans' Memorial Park in Lyndonville recognize two Medal of Honor recipients from the community. Vosler served during World War II with the Army as a radio operator and aerial gunner aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress. Bellavia also was in the Army. He was honored for his actions on Nov. 10, 2004, when he defended his fellow soldiers while serving in the second battle of Fallujah, Iraq.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 May 2022 at 3:24 pm

Valerie Wells is shown with a banner that recognizes her father.

LYNDONVILLE – There are 100 banners of soldiers going up in the Lyndonville community. Of the 100 banners, 56 are of veterans who have passed away.

The Village of Lyndonville DPW and Town of Yates Highway Department started putting them up today.

The banners are going on utility poles on South Main Street, Lake Avenue, Maple Avenue, North Main Street and North Lyndonville Road.

Valerie Wells coordinated the effort. She approached the Lyndonville Village Board last July about the initiative. Wells said she is amazed at the interest and support for the effort.

She thanked the Lyndonville DPW, Town of Yates Highway Department, area business sponsorships and Lyndonville Foundation for their support of the program.

The banners will be displayed from Memorial Day to Veterans Day for three years. Applications for new banners in 2023 will be available in August. For more information, Wells can be contacted at (585) 339-8500 or by email:

Lyndonville joins other Orleans County communities with similar banners including Medina, Albion, Holley and Barre.