Some Johnson City elementary students are honoring the true spirit of this weekend’s holiday.
JC 3rd graders visited Calvary Cemetery in the village this morning to place small handmade flags they created on the graves of local veterans.
The students were joined at the graveyard by members of the 698th Quartermaster Company from the Army Reserve Center in Nichols.
First Sergeant Hugh Becker says it’s important that the students know that Memorial Day is not just a day off, but an opportunity to recognize those who sacrificed for our freedoms. “A lot of times, they want to thank us for our service. I try to remind them, ‘Don’t thank me. Thank my brothers and sisters that never made it back.'”
In what has become an annual tradition, the students created the flags using paper and crayons and wrote notes of thanks on the backs.
After the flag planting, the soldiers returned to the school to continue talking with the kids and displaying their military vehicles.