Sandra Lee Altamirano places a flag on the National Mall as part of IAVA's effort to bring awareness to military and veteran suicides. A flag was planted for every veteran who committed suicide in 2018 through Oct. 3 - 5,520. Altamirano planted three flags for combat veterans she knew. <br>Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes

Veterans group places thousands of flags on National Mall to draw attention to suicide crisis

The flags were placed on the Mall by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America, an advocacy group trying to draw awareness to the issue of veteran suicide.