Shortly before 11 on a recent Wednesday morning, the Hometown Hero banner honoring World War II veteran Charles Temple came down off a pole on W. State St. Minutes later, a new banner, also honoring Temple, went up on the same pole.
That pole, between the former home of Clean Enterprises and the local laundromat, has held banners honoring the firm's founder since 2015, when the first ones were put on utility poles throughout Quarryville.
Peiffer and Dick Lefever spent most of Wednesday hanging banners and were back out on Friday.
"This is our third set," organizer Scott Peiffer said last Wednesday. "About a third of the banners are repeats of ones already hanging."
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.
The family requested the W. State St. location for Temple's banner. Many families request specific locations for the banners they purchase.
"I have a whole list, three pages of it, of places people want the banners hung," he said. "We try to accommodate them as best we can, and if we can't get the exact pole, we can get close."
Friends and family members purchase the banners which are then displayed for two years. After two years, the banners are removed, given to families, and replaced with new ones.
"The material doesn't last much longer than that. We've had one we kept up longer so we could see how they would weather, and the photo is so faded by now it's almost impossible to see," he said.
Most of the banners honor veterans of World War II and the Korean War. The first set, put up in 2015, had one honoring a veteran of the Civil War. There have also been banners honoring people who served in peacetime as well as those who served during the current War on Terror.
"We have a few for World War 1 and Vietnam, and a couple for later wars," he said. "And there are a couple for active duty people. We would like to get more active duty people honored."
One of them, for Sydney Hassler Charles, hangs on a pole at the entrance to TownsEdge Shopping Village.
She is one of two women on the current crop of banners. The other honors a a couple, both of whom served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Veterans of the Marines, the Army, and the Navy are most common.
"There's not a lot for the Air Force and we don't have any for the Coast Guard or the Merchant Marine," Peiffer said.
A few of the banners don't include photos. Among them are those for the local V.F.W. and American Legion posts. There's also one banner, for Benjamin C. Shaub, that does not include his photo.
"The family couldn't find a photo of him in uniform," Peiffer said of the World War II veteran of the Army's 101st Airborne Division. "
So we used one of his medals, a Silver Star. That's a neat way to do it if you don't have a picture."
Peiffer will take orders for banners through September 30. "Then we'll do a late order," he said. Anyone who wants to order a banner can call Peiffer at 717-786-3777 and leave a message.
The old banners and the photos for them will be stored at borough hall, 300 St. Catherine St.
They will be available for pickup after October 1.