CRs lay wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldiers

About 20 GW College Republicans laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery Sunday to honor fallen U.S. solders.

This is the fourth year the CRs have participated in the event.

CR Executive Chair Bill Edridge said every year the group tries to take part in the ceremony sometime close to Veterans Day.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers was built after World War I, and contains one body of an unidentified fallen solider for each war. It was designed as a symbolic tribute to unidentified soldiers who lost their lives defending the United States. Victims from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War now lay in rest there, according to the Arlington National Cemetery Web site.

Like many groups wishing to honor America’s fallen war heroes, the College Republicans contacted the cemetery to participate in the hour-long wreath-laying ceremony.

The ceremony is conducted with the Sentinals, the elite guard that defends the tomb 24 hours a day.

It’s a very solemn experience and really puts things into perspective, said Eldridge, who participated in the event for the second year in a row.

Mosheh Oinounou

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