NORTH TONAWANDA, NY-- Honoring fallen servicemen and women in the Lumber City has always been a priority. And now a new project is paying homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice as well as those who currently serve.
Banners emblazoned with the faces of "Hometown Heroes" now line Payne Avenue, North Tonawanda's busiest street. N.T. military mom Sally Urban started this project.
She lost her son, Marine Lance Corporal Timothy Serwinowski in Afghanistan in 20-10.
Her banner project is focused on honoring Iraq and Afghanistan vets, and it's meant to remind NT residents that their neighbors and friends are still proudly serving.
"It's a way to make people realize, when you're not involved with someone who is in the service, that there is a war," said Urban.
"And these kids are willing to put their lives on the line, everyday," she added.
There are currently 14 banners that line Payne Avenue. The city installs them and then presents the banner to the servicemember when their tour of duty is over.
Urban would like to see each city block lined with three or four banners each.
If you would like to sponsor a current or past servicemember, you can get more information about the program by calling the office of North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt. The phone number is 716-695-8540.