The City of Elk Grove is honoring hometown veterans by placing personalized banners along the city’s main street.

Sophia Scherman, 78, is the proud wife of a veteran helped organize the campaign.

“We thought what a better place and a better thing to do than to put banners up,” Scherman said.

Her husband Lee Scherman is a former active duty U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam.

The banner program is in its first year. Family or friends can sponsor a banner for $150.

The city has enough space for 65 banners – Each includes the Veterans name, photo, branch and years’ service. The banners will stay up for as long as a year.

Mayor Gary Davis says it's just one small way the city can honor its service people. More than 9,000 men and women from Elk Grove have served in America’s armed forces, Davis said.

"We wouldn't have a community or a state or a country without our Veterans. Really, they fight for our freedom,” Davis said. “They put their life on the line every day in order to keep our community a safe place."

Organizers hope this new tradition will be replicated in cities and towns throughout the valley.