Avenue of Flags Unveiled in Elmira

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2009 at 10:08 PM EDT

For the first time in years, American flags line the entrance of Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira.

The community worked to put the flags back in the ground.

The Avenue of Flags was unveiled at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira.

"It's pretty impressive to look up through here. Very impressive, you can't ask for much more than this." said John Keefe of Chemung County Veterans Administration.

14 American flags line the cemetery entrance.

Similar flags flew years ago, but the poles were old.

Roger Teneyck spear-headed a community project to replace the poles.

"I believe in that flag. I believe in the veterans that protect us, and I think it's a great honor to be able to do this for them today." said Teneyck.

He worked three years and raised $20,000 to purchase the 14 flag poles.

A local contractor installed them for free.

Flags used in veteran burials will be donated by families.

The flags will fly on certain occasions throughout the year and when a veteran is buried at Woodlawn.

"As a veteran, I can tell you exactly what this means." said John Canestaro with New York State Division of Veterans Affairs

"I just look at the 'Avenue' and it just brings an extra, extra emotion to me when I drive by the cemetery." said Teneyck.

Teneyck says veterans' families will also be touched.

The flags were recognized during a Veterans Day ceremony at Woodlawn.

A 91-year old veteran was also honored.

He was recently awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he suffered 67 years ago during World War II.

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