Flags for fallen veterans

By Michelle Costanza

May 24, 2013 Updated May 24, 2013 at 11:58 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 3,000 American flags now stand in Calvary Cemetery. It's all to recognize fallen veterans.

Johnson City High School's athletic teams and 30 volunteers split up among the rows of graves to place a flag next to each Veteran's name in honor of Memorial Day.

The students partnered with the American Legion Post 758 to complete the hours-long task after school.

"We have young legs and strong hearts so we're helping them," said Tony Cleary, athletic trainer for Johnson City High School.

Cleary said though the students helped collect the flags in the autumn, this was the first spring that the athletes worked with the legion.

"It's just the ultimate sacrifice people were willing to give so we could be here today, so I think it's really important. Some are fathers, brothers, sisters, and so to come and honor them, it gives them some peace when they don't have their loved ones around," said Johnson City student Kelsey Kille.

Placing flags next to veterans' graves has become a nationwide tradition, and one that Cleary hopes Johnson City High School will continue.

"We hope to be back next year. This is a really good thing for the kids," he said.

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