Celebrating our

Hometown Heroes

Memorial Day to Labor Day 2018

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“Celebrating Hometown Heroes” Walking Tour honors military veterans from WWI to Desert Storm with banners throughout our Steptoe’s dining and shopping district. Take this self-guided, walking tour of over 100 banners and learn the stories of these veterans as you stroll Main Street.


On display all summer long, these banners honor these heroes and their service. Grab a story booklet at the Town Hall at 1 N. Main Street  or from one of our participating merchants and learn more about the contributions of these hometown heroes. Makes a great family event and totally FREE.

Click here for the 24 page Hometown Heroes Booklet_2018.  

Orders for 2019 banners can be placed after December 1, 2018. Check back here for the order form and instructions.

Shop unique, locally owned boutiques that line Main Street. Pick up fresh local seafood. Sample wines from the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. Grab lunch at our restaurants. Make a day trip or a weekend getaway. Kilmarnock is located just 70 miles east of  Richmond, 84 miles from Norfolk\Virginia Beach and 115 miles from Washington DC on the Northern Neck-a peninsula where the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers meet the Chesapeake Bay.

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On behalf of the Kilmarnock Town Council and myself, we hope you will enjoy these tributes to the men and women who contributed so much with their service to our country. They are from our immediate area but also from across this great country of ours and now we proudly showcase them in Kilmarnock. While many have passed away, others are living here in our community.

This idea came to us from Laura Stoddard who saw this concept in Canada and thought we could and should do something similar.  Laura, we thank you.  To all the families who generously brought in their pictures and stories, please accept our gratitude and that of everyone who views these banners.

So I hope you will enjoy walking the streets of Steptoe’s District and learning more about these great men and women!

With warmest regards,

Mayor Mae P. Umphlett