The City of Elk Grove is honoring local fallen and retired soldiers with the debut of its new Military Street Banner Program.

City Council recently approved the creation of the program to honor residents who have served in the armed forces by designating 75 light poles to be adorned with a banner honoring a local veteran with his or her name, picture and the branch of military for which they served.

The light poles are located along Elk Grove Boulevard and Civic Center Drive between Big Horn Blvd. and Laguna Springs Dr., according to city officials.

The city estimates there are around 9,000 veterans living in Elk Grove.

The program makes retired, honorably discharged and deceased veterans who live or lived in Elk Grove eligible for the program; however, those still in service cannot be considered, according to officials.

Available space is determined on a first-come, first-served basis among qualified applicants, officials said, and are determined solely by city officials. A banner sponsor cannot select a specific location.

For more information on the program, click here.