Shortly after 3 p.m., Scott Peiffer and Dick Lefever began removing the original banners and replacing them with the new ones. By the time they quit working that evening, 27 banners had been put up. They hope to have all 130 of the new banners up by the end of this week.
"The straps are all loose and we have to tighten them, but we don't have to put them on the poles. This time, it takes just five or six minutes to take the old banner down and put the new one up," he said.
About 30 of the new banners are repeats of the first round.
"The sponsors wanted to do them again," Peiffer said. Those banners are new; three have different photographs than the ones put up in 2015.
The banners honor people who served from World War I through the ongoing War on Terror.
"Last time, we had one Civil War veteran. This time we don't have any [from the Civil War]," Peiffer said. "This time, we have a good mix from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and a few from the Persian Gulf War."
Most of the banners feature men who served in the armed forces.
"Last time, we had two women. There's only one woman this time," he said.
The banners are on utility poles on east and west 4th St., east and west State St., S. Hess St., Park Ave., S. Lime St., S. Church St., 2nd St., and along TownsEdge Dr.
"If people requested a specific location, we try to accommodate them," Peiffer said. "We have had more requests this time." Most of the requests are for homes where the service members grew up or where their parents lived. A few are near businesses the service members owned.
The old banners will be available for pickup at Quarryville's Borough Hall, 300 St. Catherine St., after September 18.
"We would like to use some of them in the Great Hall [at Solanco High School] for the 2017 Miss Solanco Pageant. This year's pageant theme is Salute to the Armed Forces and we thought the banners would look good for that," Peiffer said. "If people are willing to let us use them for that, they can leave them at borough hall now and pick them up after November 27."
People are also signing up for the third round of the banners. They will be put up in 2019.
"I had a call last night about that," Peiffer said.