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Airmen support local community in honoring Alabama veterans

A Maxwell Airmen sorts boxes of wreaths for the Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 14, 2018, at the Alabama National Cemetery, in Montevallo, Alabama. Wreaths Across America is an organization that honors our country’s veterans by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies every December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

A Maxwell Airmen sorts boxes of wreathes for the Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 14, 2018, at the Alabama National Cemetery, in Montevallo, Alabama. Wreaths Across America is an organization that honors our country’s veterans by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies every December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

Local community members and Maxwell Airmen work together to unload and sort nearly 700 boxes containing wreaths for the Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 14, 2018, at the Alabama National Cemetery, in Montevallo, Alabama. Wreaths Across America is an organization that honors our country’s veterans by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies every December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

Local community members and Maxwell Airmen work together to unload and sort nearly 700 boxes containing wreaths for the Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 14, 2018, at the Alabama National Cemetery, in Montevallo, Alabama. Wreaths Across America is an organization that honors our country’s veterans by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies every December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

Holiday wreaths are laid out in preparation for the Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 14, 2018, at the Alabama National Cemetery, in Montevallo, Alabama. These wreaths are five out of 6000 and will be used to honor the different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

Holiday wreaths are laid out in preparation for the Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 14, 2018, at the Alabama National Cemetery, in Montevallo, Alabama. These wreaths are five out of 6000 and will be used to honor the different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

A Maxwell Airmen assists local community members in the unloading and sorting of 6,000 wreates for the Wreathes Across America ceremony Dec. 14, 2018, at the Alabama National Cemetery, in Montevallo, Alabama. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to honor our country’s fallen veterans during the holidays, when their families are missing them most. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

A Maxwell Airmen assists local community members in the unloading and sorting of 6,000 wreathes for the Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 14, 2018, at the Alabama National Cemetery, in Montevallo, Alabama. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to honor our country’s fallen veterans during the holidays, when their families are missing them most. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

Local community volunteers and Maxwell Airmen wait to begin unloading and sorting boxes of wreaths for the Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 14, 2018, at the Alabama National Cemetery, in Montevallo, Alabama. Wreaths Across America delivers wreaths to over 1,400 different locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

Local community volunteers and Maxwell Airmen wait to begin unloading and sorting boxes of wreaths for the Wreaths Across America ceremony Dec. 14, 2018, at the Alabama National Cemetery, in Montevallo, Alabama. Wreaths Across America delivers wreathes to over 1,400 different locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

The truck delivering the wreathes for the Wreathes Across America ceremony arrives Dec. 14, 2018, at the Alabama National Cemetery, in Montevallo, Alabama. Wreathes Across America is an organization that honors our country’s veterans by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies every December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

The truck delivering the wreathes for the Wreathes Across America ceremony arrives Dec. 14, 2018, at the Alabama National Cemetery, in Montevallo, Alabama. Wreathes Across America is an organization that honors our country’s veterans by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies every December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. --

Airmen from Air University's Squadron Officer School traveled to the Alabama National Cemetery to help the local community honor the state's fallen veterans as a part of Wreaths Across America, Dec. 14, 2018, in Montevallo, Alabama.

Wreaths Across America is a national organization that through the donations from sponsors, ships holiday wreaths to cemeteries from across the country to place on the graves of our nation’s heroes.

The Airmen worked alongside other civilian volunteers and the Alabama National Cemetery Support Committee to unload and sort over 600 boxes of wreaths that were later distributed to various locations in the cemetery for the ceremony that Saturday.

Maj. Alex Moon, SOS Instructor, is the president of the schools community service program called the Red Pants Alliance and said SOS has supported WAA for at least three years now and are always taking opportunities to get involved in the community.

Moon couldn't help out this year, but has been long involved in the program even before arriving to Maxwell. He said, "It's a way to honor veterans, any chance you can get to honor those before you, I think is special, and it instills a sense of duty and reminds you why you are doing what you are doing and any chance you can get to be reminded of that makes waking up on Monday a little easier."