Main Street in Monroe will have a new fixture put up each year to thank those who served in the military.

Monroe police and fire chaplain and Pastor Michael Hanford said a group of community partners have helped fund the first Veterans Day banner that will be hung above the arterial for years to come. He said honoring veterans is a no-brainer, and the community has worked together over the years to figure how best to do so in different ways.

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce, Monroe Family YMCA and Monroe School District are a few of the players that collaborated earlier this year with the local VFW and American Legion, Hanford said. They wanted to ensure members of the organizations approved the design for the sign.

Hanford said it was finalized and created about six months ago. The banner was hung up the week before the 2017 holiday. The price of the project was about $1,090, which was paid for in good faith, he said.

So far only about half of the cost has been covered, Hanford said. Different groups throughout the Sky Valley have donated, including — despite his protests — a few veterans themselves.

Hanford said for anyone wishing to donate for the banner, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce is accepting any amount. The placard is something that will have to be replaced every three to five years because exposure to the elements will wear on it, he said.