Date: May 2, 2016

Contact: Sara Smith

Phone: 540-586-2148



Bedford Main Street to Install New Banners in Historic District

BEDFORD – For the first time in several years, Bedford will feature decorative banners on light poles in the Centertown historic district. The banners will reflect the town’s connection to D-Day and the Memorial by featuring an outline of the Overlord Arch with the phrase “Bedford Remembers” on it. This project is part of a greater strategy to revitalize the Centertown area and tie it in with the community’s history and heritage.

Design Committee Chairman, Bryan Schley, said, “These banners will bring life into the town and help make the area a more appealing place visually. They also highlight our role as an important part of the D-Day story.”

The banners are being paid for through a community fundraiser. Garden/yard flags have been created in the same image as the banners, and are available for sale on the Bedford Main Street webpage. A portion of the cost will go towards paying for the banners. Residents are encouraged to purchase one and show their support for the town and the project.

Jim Messier, Bedford Main Street president, said, “Private investment is critical. This is one way we can bring private dollars in to make an immediate impact on the town. We are all Bedford, so we all should participate in helping make it a vibrant and vital place to live, work, and play.”

Bedford has been a designated Main Street Community since the Commonwealth’s Main Street program was first established in 1985. Bedford Main Street works to re-energize economic development of th Centertown district while utilizing cultural assets and character.  This is further accomplished by pooling the resources of local residents and businesses who are determined to bring our Main Street community back to life. The innovative Four-Point Approach © program uses design, promotion, economic vitality and organization to reach our goal to help us all build a better community.