I had the distinct honor and privilege yesterday to perform one of the most solemn acts an American citizen can be asked to undertake–laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified. It has become a monument to all American soldiers who have died in service to this country. Wreath laying ceremonies at the tomb pay special tribute to fallen service members, and participation in these ceremonies is an extraordinary honor.
This particular wreath ceremony was in recognition ofNational Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day and was made possible by No Greater Love, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the memory of fallen U.S. service members, and theInternational Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers.
As a son of a World War II veteran and Chairman of theCity Council Committee on Human Relations, whose jurisdiction includes veterans issues, this ceremony was especially meaningful to me.
I was joined in the wreath laying ceremony by Cindy Lerner, Mayor of Pinecrest, Florida.