BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Forest Lawn Cemetery was covered in a blanket of red, white and blue as flags were laid on the graves of men and women who served the country.
"Veterans day is the biggest day of the year it's a day we remember not only our brothers who have died but those who have survived," Commander of the Erie County American Legion Ray Caso said.
Laying the flags is part of the Erie County American Legion's yearly Veteran's Day celebration. Vets place the flags on the graves with the help of local children from Jr. R.O.T.C. groups and Boy Scout troops around Western New York.
"It shows respect for the veterans who risk their life to defend the flag," Cub Scout Mason Botwin said.
Veterans who attended said this is a visual display of just some of the millions of Americans who served the country.
Vice Commander of the Erie County American Legion Bill Miskell said the flags are not only a remembrance of veterans passed service but also a reminder about their future.
"Post traumatic stress issue and you have to take care of these people. We put them in harms way. We have to take care of them when they are out of harms way," Miskell said.
They ended the ceremony with a firing squad salute and the playing of TAPS, again remembering all the Veterans from one generation to the next.