Utica, NY (WIBX) - The John Street American Flag has been in Utica since the Hanna Administration, and now, it's getting its first touch up.

Mayor Robert Palmieri was at the sight to observe Flag Day, but also to commemorate the official start of the flag's repainting.

He says the importance of rejuvenating the flag lies in its symbolism, both nationally and locally.

"I thought it was just a great partnership with the city, with the veterans and with the volunteers, symbolically," Palmieri said.  "To show the people  that as difficult as the times are, people are reaching out to help the city's volunteerism and the city will do their part whenever they can."

The job will be completed by two veterans, Marrion McLeod and Ed Jackson. They started the flag's revitalization yesterday, and plan to have it done in two to three days.

Volunteers from Utica Post 229 will also brighten up the area near the flag, using flowers donated from the City.