The late Ray Vaughn, a long-time member of Metropolis Amvets, initiated the signs which honor individuals who have served or are still serving in the military.
In the past, Vaughn would collect a batch of names and take them to the former Southern Illinois Signs & Graphics, owned by Jon Holland of Metropolis.
Now, Holland’s son, Jared Holland, has taken ownership of the business, which is now Holland Signs.
Jared Holland said it is his intent to keep the yellow ribbon military signs program going, as a way to remember those in the military and to honor Vaughn, who was the person that started the signs in Metropolis.
The sign portion of the city’s zoning ordinance, which was adopted earlier this year allows the yellow ribbon signs to continue to hang. Holland points out the ordinance has to be in place for nine months before any changes in the text can be made.
But, he says when the ordinance text can be changed, he wants to see the city rename number 19 in the ordinance to read, “Ray Vaughn Yellow Ribbon Signs,” as a way to commemorate and remember Vaughn.
Holland has spoken to some of Vaughn’s family members, and they support his efforts to change the wording of the ordinance.
Holland said there may be families who want to replace a missing sign or they might want to have an extra sign to put up in their neighborhood.
Anyone who needs a military sign may contact him at 618-309-1893 and he will make a sign for $10, keeping the cost as low as possible.
He has enough sign-making material to make 30 to 40 signs and if someone needs for the sign to be installed, he is willing to do that too.