Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In preparation for Memorial Day, Johnson City students spent Thursday afternoon placing flags at the grave sites of veterans.
More than 1,000 flags were dropped into the ground at Calvary Cemetery, a tradition that students have done for two years.
The idea started after they saw members of the American Legion Post 758 removing flags before winter.
Many saw this as a way to not only help veterans, but honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
"I wanted to be a part of this because we're trying to give back to all the veterans who, generations ago, served our country and I'm just trying to give back to them," said Khien Chau, a junior at Johnson City High School.
Students also added that while they're placing flags next to graves, they're thinking about those currently fighting for our freedom.