If you are travelling on the major streets of Estevan, you'll likely notice military banners hanging from street signs and lamp posts leading up to Remembrance Day.
The Southeast Military Museum recently launched their banner program that will honour veterans with ties to southeastern Saskatchewan.
"We wanted to do something a little bit different and remember not only the people that had died in their service to the country, but as well as people who have served and survived and came back," said Craig Bird, the curator and president of the museum. "Our banner program is open to everybody that had any service with any branch of the military or RCMP."
The banners will go up in Estevan and other communities in the southeast region, including Lampman, Arcola, Carlyle, Redvers, Weyburn, and Midale.
In Estevan, Bird said there are currently eight banners up along the major streets. He hopes to have a few more go up in the coming days.
"We're hoping to get many more and as many as we can here in the city just to showcase to the people that we have a diverse military history here in Estevan as well as the southeast," Bird said. "We just want to showcase it and thank all of the people that have served."
One of the eight banners on display has Marlys Collins' father on it, who served in World War II.
"(It means) a lot," Collins said. "It's overwhelming to look up there and see his face. It brought me to tears to be honest with you. It's an honour, and I'm glad it's there and quite proud of it."
Collins said the banner program is an important initiative for the community.
"I really think it's important to keep the memory alive of our soldiers. Whether they've been killed over there or came home safely, and some came home safely but not completely mentally," she said. I think it's very important that we remember that and it's good to see the generations coming up to keep them informed of it."
Bird added that it's important to honour the people who aren't necessarily recognized.
"We have quite a few people in our community, for example Afghanistan, they've served overseas, and you'd walk by them on the street and probably not even know that they've had any military service," he said. "Which is unfortunate because a lot of these people have come back and are serving in businesses, they're working and volunteering in the community."
"We just want to make sure that they get recognized as well and not forgotten."
You can also email the museum at email@example.com or call 306-634-3044.
Funds raised by the banners will go to the Southeast Military Museum.