Veterans Day is next Tuesday but one North Georgia community is already saying thank you to those who have served in a big way. Thousands of American flags line the streets of downtown Ringgold. Those behind the effort say it is the least they can do to honor our veterans.

"You see how many have served and died," says Barbara Gordy.

Downtown Ringgold is a sea of red, white and blue.

"It's a lot of trouble, I know, to put them out and then put them away. But they're gorgeous and everybody just really loves coming to see them," says Gordy.

Barbara Gordy made her way to Ringgold City Hall to take pictures of her husband's cross. Sixty-six-year-old Robert Gordy Jr. passed away in June. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Vietnam War. He also served 18 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

"When my father's and my brother's flags were put here, I got pictures of them too. And I wanted some of Bobby's."

"When I first started there were 184," says Gilbert Childers.

Gilbert Childers has been putting up the flags since the 1980s. Each year, more flags fly in the wind.

"1,179 this time."

It is an effort that is dear to his heart.

"My dad served in World War Two. I have a grandfather that was in the Sixth Cavalry and I'm involved with the Sixth Cavalry also," says Childers.

He says he can not help but smile when he sees others stopping to take in all the flags.

"I don't think there's another place that does it quit like this. There is a tremendous amount of work."

This year more than 50 volunteers helped paint the white crosses and install the flags.

"We appreciate everything that's been done by the veterans and even the living veterans that are involved with the program," says Childers.

"I just appreciate it so much," says Gordy.

The program is run solely on donations. If you are interested in helping the effort or honoring a veteran with a flag you can contact Ringgold City Hall.