Airmen, family members honor veterans

Team Hill Airmen carry flag bundles during a flag-placing detail at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bluffdale, Nov. 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw))

Team Hill Airmen carry flag bundles during a flag-placing detail at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bluffdale, Nov. 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw))

Master Sgt. Timothy Mason, 372nd Training Squadron, holds a bundle of flags while his son Marcus places a flag beside a cemetery marker at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bluffdale, Nov. 10. 2016. Airmen and family members from Hill Air Force Base participated in a flag-placing detail in preparation for Veterans Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Master Sgt. Timothy Mason, 372nd Training Squadron, holds a bundle of flags while his son Marcus places a flag beside a cemetery marker at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bluffdale, Nov. 10. 2016. Airmen and family members from Hill Air Force Base participated in a flag-placing detail in preparation for Veterans Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Team Hill Airmen begin placing flags beside grave sites during a Veterans Day recognition project Nov. 10 at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bluffdale. Airmen and family members from Hill AFB participated in a flag-placing detail in preparation for Veterans Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Team Hill Airmen begin placing flags beside grave sites during a Veterans Day recognition project Nov. 10 at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bluffdale. Airmen and family members from Hill AFB participated in a flag-placing detail in preparation for Veterans Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

A flag catches early morning light beside a cemetery marker at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bluffdale, Nov. 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

A flag catches early morning light beside a cemetery marker at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bluffdale, Nov. 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Staff. Sgt. Shane O'Brian, 388th Maintenance Squadron, makes a hole in the ground with a screwdriver while Staff Sgt. Skyler Williams, 388th MXS, places flags beside resting-place markers at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bluffdale, Nov. 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Staff. Sgt. Shane O'Brian, 388th Maintenance Squadron, makes a hole in the ground with a screwdriver while Staff Sgt. Skyler Williams, 388th MXS, places flags beside resting-place markers at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bluffdale, Nov. 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

U.S. Flags are illuminated by morning light at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bluffdale, Utah, Nov. 10, 2016. The flags were placed by Airmen and family members from Hill Air Force Base in recognition of Veterans Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

U.S. Flags are illuminated by morning light at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bluffdale, Utah, Nov. 10, 2016. The flags were placed by Airmen and family members from Hill Air Force Base in recognition of Veterans Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

BLUFFDALE, Utah -- In preparation for Veterans Day, Team Hill Airmen and family members gathered at a cemetery here Nov. 10 for a volunteer project, which honored all veterans.

The project was organized by the Air Force Sergeants Association, Chapter 1163, and preparations began just after sunrise. With the sun still low in the sky, the volunteers spread across the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery grounds and neatly placed a U.S. flag next to every resting place.

Staff Sgt. Colby Bridge, 649th Munitions Squadron, helped organize the project.

"It's important to remember the people who came before you," said Bridge. "That they served too, whether it was for a short period of time or a full 20 years."

Bernie Reorda, grounds maintainer for the cemetery, commented on the help provided by the volunteers.

"We appreciate the military folks coming out and giving us a hand," said Reorda. "It helps us out and they get the job done quickly."

An hour after beginning the project, the volunteers finished after placing nearly 6,000 flags in honor of the men and women who have preserved our nation's freedoms.