The city of Long Beach and the Carnival Association recognized home-town military heroes for the first time in honor of Veterans Day in a special banner program called Military Heroes Banners of Long Beach.

As you take a drive or stroll down Jeff Davis Avenue, familiar faces will greet you in patriotic colors red, white and blue.

“This is a tribute created for our community to honor Long Beach residents and family members who are serving, or veterans who have served or gave their life for our country in the United States Armed Forces,” said Banner Committee Members.

Each banner includes the name of a local hero, his or her branch of service, a photo and the total number of years he or she has served. The banners debuted at their first celebration Sunday during the Veterans Day Parade and concert in downtown Long Beach at the Harper McCaughan Town Green.

The lasting tribute, city leaders say, will be displayed throughout Veterans Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.

Organizers say they will continue to honor Veterans at the Carnival Association of Long Beach’s Fall Festival Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be a Veterans celebration beginning at noon with the Long Beach High School Choir and Band performing.

Story by Stacey Cato