Preston Sharp: ‘Me and mom aren’t leaving until all the flags are placed’


Typically you see people honor veterans who are no longer with us by placing flags on their graves during Veterans Day.

But a 12-year-old boy from California believes these heroes should be remembered everyday. So to do that, he’s visiting all 50 states, and today, he stopped in Kansas.

Preston Sharp says Kansas is his 20th state, and he appreciated help from local first responders, and some veterans, to remember those who sacrificed for our country.

Thursday morning, Preston made his way through Resthaven Gardens of Memory.

“Thank you for your service Lester,” said Preston Sharp, Vet flags and Flowers.

Placing American flag after American flag, just a small group of red white and blue that he’s placed at graves of veterans.

“I’ve placed over or around 120,000 veterans in 20 states,” said Preston.

His motivation? Something that caught his attention at his grandfather’s grave site, who is also a veteran.

“I noticed that there was no flags, and our veterans were not being honored,” said Preston.

So he put his frustration into action, in New Mexico and Colorado earlier this week, and now in Kansas, with a little help from local first responders who say, they’re happy to help.

“Frederick Jones, thank you for your service,” said a Wichita Police Officer.

“Real proud of the young man and what he’s doing going across America, doing this at different cemeteries,” said Captain Scott Ledy, Wichita Fire Department.

“Coming out here to assist him is probably the best thing that I’m going to do all year,” said Officer William Perkins, Wichita Police Department.

And they didn’t stop, until Preston and his new friends finished his mission.

“Me and mom aren’t leaving until all the flags are placed,” said Preston.

Preston has met President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump because of his work across the country. And he hopes that by doing so and sharing his story, more people will recognize veterans everyday.

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