In less than two days, thousands will line Capitol Mall for a parade honoring Sacramento's three hometown heroes.
It comes about three weeks after a split-second decision to take down a gunman on a train in France. The brave actions have changed the lives of Sacramento natives Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler.
"It's really been pretty exciting and a little overwhelming," said Skarlatos' mother, Heidi Hansen.
Hansen is still adjusting to her son's newfound fame. She says the former Oregon National Guard Specialist is loving his new title of hero.
"Doesn't every man want to be a hero? He's loving it, he's having fun with 'Dancing with the Stars' and learning a new skill," she said.
Friday, Hansen will join her son and the other two hometown heroes at the parade.
After the parade there will be a ceremony honoring the bravery of these three local men. Two of them are service members. It's no coincidence the event falls on 9/11.
"I fly my flag every day of the year, I'm very proud of our country, and I think it's very fitting," Hansen said.
The city chose to honor the men who prevented that possible attack on the same day our country honors the 14th anniversary of Sept. 11.