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SACRAMENTO --

In two days, thousands will line Capitol Mall as Sacramento honors our hometown heroes.

Friday marks three weeks since three Sacramento natives stopped a potential terror attack onboard a train in France.

"These guys were honored at Versailles by the president of France," said Daniel Conway, Mayor Kevin Johnson's chief of staff.

It's also the first time we'll see all three men together on American soil. The city is ready to welcome it's heroes in a big way.

"We definitely feel like we gotta match that and show our hometown spirit and how proud we are to these guys," Conway said.

Wednesday, parade organizers walked FOX40 through the parade route on Capitol Mall. The event will include marching bands, local sports teams, a flyover from Travis Air Force Base and some surprise speakers that haven't been announced yet.

The parade starts at noon Friday at 3rd and Capitol in downtown Sacramento, and will end with a rally on the West Steps of the Capitol Building. FOX40 will begin our live coverage starting at 11:30 a.m.

The city's chief of staff would only reveal this:

"We expect to have some other hometown heroes to participate," Conway said.

Extra Sacramento police officers will be there enforcing traffic and keeping the big crowds -- and guests of honor -- safe.

"We are working with the FBI and the Fusion Center, and then we'll also have a strong visual presence at the event," Sacramento Police Department Spokesman Justin Brown said.

The parade is expected to last an hour.  It will end with a ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol. There will be a moment of silence to commemorate Sept. 11 -- plus surprise speakers.

"I think that's amazing, and we're gonna be swamped that day!" said Brianna Millard, who works along the parade route.

Cafes along the route expect to be busy.

"It's pretty cool! I get to come by and hopefully maybe meet one of them, so I look forward to it," said Micah Grant, who works along the parade route.

The mayor's office is not yet revealing the identities of the surprise speakers.