Cloverbank Elementary Celebrates Flag Day

June 15, 2011 Updated Jun 15, 2011 at 8:08 AM EDT

By WKBW News

June 15, 2011 Updated Jun 15, 2011 at 8:08 AM EDT

HAMBURG, NY ( WKBW ) On Flag Day, students at one Western New York school learned the meaning of the special day where Americans honor the symbol of our freedom.

Steve Banko, the most decorated veteran in New York State, told Cloverbank Elementary students and staff that, "We can't afford to buy uniforms for everyone in America. There are over 200 million of us, so we have a flag."

On Flag Day 2011, students and faculty at Cloverbank Elementary School in Hamburg, NY took the time to recognize the most important symbol of our country...the American flag.

A ceremony was held on the front lawn of the school that brought out every aspect of what the day is about.

It was a morning filled with patriotic music, and living history.

Student Hailey Brenner said, "The red stands for all the people that have died and fought for our country, and the stars are for us."

Connor Hileman added, "The 13 stripes on the flag stand for the 13 original colonies, and the 50 stars are for the 50 states."

After the ceremony was complete, everyone from Cloverbank gathered for what has become an annual tradition...getting into place wearing red, white, or blue...and forming a human American Flag!

Patty Watson organizes this Flag Day event, with Dave Sion as photographer. Click the video to watch the Eyewitness News report from Mike Spong.