Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) From ball games to a patch on the arm of a member of our armed services, the American flag is honored every day.
With Memorial Day quickly approaching, it takes on an additional meaning for a group of local scouts.
Wednesday night, the Veterans of Foreign Wars teamed up with Boy Scout Troop 60 to replace American Flags at the Evergreen Cemetery in Owego.
"We want respect for these people…for these veterans," said Thaddeus Robertson of Troop 60.
In teams, the scouts searched for old flags and replaced them with new ones just in time for Memorial Day in two weeks.
"That way, if people happen to come up, the flags are already there," said Ray Barrett of the VFW. "I'm so proud of our Veterans and that's why we do it."
The flag replacement is happening in cemeteries across the Southern Tier.
"It shows the boys a little bit about Memorial Day and what it's really about," said Matt Lewis, Scout Master of Troop 60.
It took Troop 60 about two hours to place some 500 flags.
"It's part of duty to honor, duty, honor and country," said Lewis. "It's a huge part of what Boy Scouts is all about as well."
It was not only a chance for the scouts to serve, but reflect.
"Mainly, I'm thinking about that they served for us and they gave their lives for us and that's probably why most of us are here right now," said Adam Henkel of Troop 60.
At the same time Troop 60 was placing flags at the Evergreen Cemetery, other scouts were placing flags just down the road.
At Tioga Cemetery off of 17C, 700 flags were placed Wednesday night.