WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WENY) -- Today marks the start of the Stars for Our Troops initiative at Tops Friendly Markets around the tiers.

From today until June 22nd, you can donate worn and tattered American flags at Tops Markets for proper retirement.

"The respect and gratitude we have for the people who serve and have served in the military is immeasurable, and for that we are forever grateful," Tops Public and Media Relations Manager Kathy Sautter said.

With Flag Day approaching on June 14 and the upcoming Independence Day in July, Tops says they want to offer the community this service to not only properly retire their flags, but also to extend their thanks and respect to veterans.

In collaboration with partner veterans organizations, embroidered stars will be preserved and presented to local veterans who have defended the flag.

The Tops in Elmira, Sayre, and Erie are taking part.  A complete list of participating locations is below.

Buffalo

Tops Corporate Office - 1760 Wherle Dr., Buffalo, NY, 14225

5827 S. Transit Rd., Lockport, NY, 14094

7200 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14304

3980 Maple Rd., Amherst, NY, 14226

3201 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, NY, 14127

2140 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY, 14072

3865 Union Rd., Cheektowaga, NY, 14225

800 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, NY, 14224

9660 Transit Rd., Amherst, NY, 14051

150 Niagara St., Towanda, NY, 14150

S. 6150 South Park Ave., Hamburg, NY, 14075

390 W. Main St., Batavia, NY, 14020

3955 Vineyard Dr., Dunkirk, NY, 14048

5274 Main St./Union Rd., Williamsville, NY, 14221

Rochester

1215 Jefferson Rd., Henrietta, NY, 14623

1601 Penfield Rd., Rochester, NY, 14625

2345 Buffalo Rd., Rochester, NY, 14624

98 South Ave., Hilton, NY, 14468

27 Slayton Ave., Spencerport, NY, 14559

Syracuse

2265 Downer St., Baldwinsville, NY, 13027

40 Fennel St., Skaneateles, NY, 13152

800 West Genessee St., Chittenango, NY, 13037

3830 Rome Rd., Pulaski, NY, 13142

119 West Seneca St., Manlius, NY, 13104

Hudson Valley/Midstate

3932 State Route 281, Cortland, NY, 13045

1936 US Route 6, Carmel, NY, 10512

Northern NY

155 Church St., Saranac Lake, NY, 12983

127 Main St., Stamford, NY, 12167

21501 NY State Route 22, Hoosick Falls, NY, 12090

Southern Tier

1600 Cedar St., Elmira, NY, 14904

35 Franklin Plaza, Dansville, NY, 14437

Pennsylvania

3014 Elmira St., Sayre, PA, 18840

712 W. 38th St., Erie, PA, 16508

9 Leather Rd., Sheffield, PA, 16347