12-year-old boy travels the U.S. to place flags at veterans' graves

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A 12-year-old boy is on a mission to put flowers and flags at the graves of veterans across the country.

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Preston Sharp stopped by Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville, Kentucky on Flag Day to pay his respects to fallen service members.

Preston, who is from California, joined volunteers in placing a flag and carnation at the graves of 5,800 veterans' graves as part of the USA Cares' National Flag Week Celebration.

The 12-year-old started his journey after visiting his grandfather's grave on Veterans Day 2015. He noticed the lack of flags or flowers on the graves of local veterans. He came up with the Flag and Flower Challenge in hopes of encouraging others around him to celebrate fallen heroes.

Preston placed more than 60,000 flags and flowers on veterans' gravesites.

"It's not only honoring the veterans and placing a flag and a red carnation. It's realizing what they do for us and all that they have done, and we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them joining the service," Preston said.

Preston's next stops will take him to North Carolina and Utah.

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