Johnson City 3rd graders honor veterans this Memorial Day weekend

Published: May. 26, 2022 at 3:57 PM EDT
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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- As we approach Memorial Day, Americans are once again reminded of the sacrifices our veterans and active military make, even our youngest generations.

On Thursday, it was an experience like no other; Honoring and remembering the lives lost and sacrifices made.

“We went to the cemetery to put down flags for the soldiers,” said Johnson City Elementary Third Grader Zahra.

At Calvary Cemetery in Johnson City, third graders placed handmade flags with messages at the graves of fallen veterans.

“We wrote something like, ‘thank you for serving us and thank you for our freedom,’” Third Grader Mahnoor said.

It’s an annual tradition students have participated in for years.

Third Grade Teacher Kelsey Palmer said it gives students an opportunity to meet military personnel and individually thank those who have sacrificed so much.

“We come down and we get to talk to different soldiers and other people involved in the military,” Palmer said. “Then they just get to learn about what serving in war and what Memorial Day really is about.”

However, the learning doesn’t end in the classroom. It’s something Palmer hopes sticks with them for years to come.

“I hope they really understand the importance of why we celebrate Memorial Day. Before we came down here too, talking about the importance of what people did for our country ad the sacrifices they made for all of us,” she said.

When asked how they feel about honoring our veterans, it was nothing but thankfulness.

“Happy and grateful,” Mahnoor said.

“It makes me feel good,” said Zahra.

“Thank you for our freedom,” said Davion.

Flags can be seen at the cemetery which is located at 501 Fairview St. in Johnson City.

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