Retired Col. John Morris and retired Chief Master Sgt. Mike Emett, along with more than 100 volunteers placed American flags on all the veteran gravesites at Riverside Evergreen Historic Cemetery in Riverside, California, May 24.
The tradition began after 9/11 when Morris and Emitt wanted to find a way to recognize the veterans who came before them, said Morris. They decided to adopt a cemetery, purchased flags and placed them on graves for Veterans Day, 2001.
“In the beginning, it was only Chief Emitt and I and it took five or six hours to place flags on all the veteran’s graves,” Morris said.
The two men also placed flags for Memorial Day and have continued every year for both holidays. As time went on, word spread about their project and people began volunteering to help. This year the undertaking took about an hour to accomplish.
Morris said, he, Emitt and the numerous volunteers plan to continue their labor of love mission for many years to come and are considering adopting another cemetery.
“We accomplish our flag details to honor the brave and thank them for the freedoms we enjoy today as a society.”
(John Morris provided content for this story.)