FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — For the seventh year in a row, Mayor Tom Henry decorates the city of Fort Wayne, and for a good purpose, too.
The Blue Star Banner initiative aims to publicly recognize service members who are deployed.
Cathy Fisher, a local mother of a Navy veteran says, "Being a mother, driving by looking at it you just get teary-eyed."
Fisher's son Michael may have served overseas but part of him was always in Fort Wayne, thanks to the Blue Star Banner initiative.
Karen Richards with the Mayor's office says this initiative is so necessary at a time like this.
Richards says, "We would not have the freedom we have to do what we do here if they were not over there doing what they're doing."
Richards says it's really for both the soldier and their families, "The families are also deployed with them. It's not just that one person, but it's their families that are back home."
Nearly 100 military members have been recognized so far.
Fisher calls it the ultimate honor and a sweet reminder that no matter where her son is, he's always just a short drive away.
She says, "I'll drive down that street probably two to three times a week just to see him."
Allen County residents will be able to see the new Blue Star Banner additions displayed on light poles along West Jefferson Boulevard starting Friday.