CATAWBA, N.C. -- Students at a Catawba County Middle School are honoring veterans in a very special way.
Every year Riverbend Middle School puts up a big display. Students spent more than two hours af placing flags around the school.
There are exactly 4, 053 of the them. They represent the number of days the U.S. has been at war in Afghanistan.
Inside the school, there is a wall of pictures of veterans. The pictures are photos of loved ones and family members of those who go to school or work at Riverbend.
"Every picture on this wall, every person up there is a father, a brother, an uncle, a grandfather. And they have a sacrificed something to defend freedom for all of us," said the teacher who organizers the display, Melinda Hamilton.
Students say the display is inspiring. "I think it's a great thing because they get honored, and sometimes they get forgotten about," Megan Lowman said.
Hamilton has a personal reason for creating the displays every year.
"I do this mainly bc of my father. My dad was a vietnam veteran. He's had a hard time talking about Vietnam. I want it to be a healing process for Vietnam vets," said Hamilton.