SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Sullivan American Legion Post 139 continued a tradition Friday to honor those who have served our country.

The legion was joined by community volunteers to place an American flag on every veteran’s tombstone in the city of Sullivan.

It was a way to pay respect to the more than 1,300 veterans buried in Sullivan.

Legion Commander Alan Wildman says it takes a lot of volunteers to carry on this tradition.

“I just want to thank everybody who came out and helped us today because this is a big job and we just want to give thanks for all who have passed in the service so we can have our freedom,” says Wildman.

This tradition takes place each year on the Friday before Memorial Day.