Monument Terrace Vets Lay Wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
By Dave Walls
Washington, DC — Paying respect, and never forgetting about those who served.It's what makes a trip to Arlington National Cemetery so emotional for veterans, like those from Monument Terrace in Lynchburg. For these vets, the opportunity to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a true honor. David Stokes was floored at the emotion of the day, saying "Dignitaries are afforded that honor (laying the wreath). I'm just proud and privileged to have been a part of it." In an effort to honor those who have fallen in battle, Congress, in 1921, gave approval for an unknown World War 1 Soldier to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Over 93 years later, the veterans from Monument Terrace also paid tribute to those who have served this country. The wreath that was presented at the Tomb was specially created for this event, and adorned with mementos from fallen soldiers. Included were 6 dog tags from fallen Lima Company soldiers, featured on the "Eyes Of Freedom" memorial. Veteran Steve Bozeman says the day held special meeting for those survivors, as well. Says Bozeman, "6 of those Marines were killed on May 11th. The director of Lima Company heard we were going to come up and do this, so he wanted to donate these 6 dog tags to lay on Mother's Day up here, to honor their sacrifice in Iraq." The wreath will return to Lynchburg this week and will be on display on Friday's at Monument Terrace in Lynchburg.
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