We went to the wreath laying ceremony today at Arlington National Cemetery. Waiting three hours in the blazing sun with no breeze to speak of was completely worth it. We couldn’t have asked for better behavior from the girls either.
We were front and as centered as we could be. We were right next to the center line, which was saved for dignitaries.
The most honored position –
to guard those who sacrificed their lives, names unknown.
Changing of the guard – every 30 minutes 24/7/365
The honor guards of each service flank the tomb
Pershing’s Own (The US Army Band)
Service before self
The wreath being brought out
Mrs. Biden’s shoes (you are not surprised that I noticed are you?)
Biden paying his respects after presenting the wreath
After the wreath has been presented
The services have retreated
A flag for every grave
We felt that it was such a privilege to give several hours of our time to be able to experience the wreath laying ceremony first hand. Next year, if we are able to go back we will sit for the memorial ceremony. You can only do one or the other due to crowds and time.
9 thoughts on “We remember – wreath laying ceremony”
Amazing. I also watched our local Memorial Day parade and was invited to have lunch with the VFW. What an honor.
Wow, that was an honor. Hope you had a great weekend!
Very nice. You are brave to take on the crowd and the heat…we were no such thing! 🙂 Mrs. Biden’s shoes are great too. 🙂
I’m crazy like that. There are things that I end up *having* to do because it’s neat to check them off and I will brave the blazing heat or freezing tundra. Like visiting Lebanon, Kansas, the center of the United States; or going to Punxsutawney, PA for Groundhog Day. I guess it’s my bucket list of sorts but I haven’t created the list ahead of time.
that’s awesome that you got to go. i love the shot of Mrs. Biden’s shoes 🙂
Remembering the lives lost and the family members and friends that remain was overpowering.
That is so cool that you did that! Mrs. Biden’s shoes … you are funny. What a great experience – thanks for sharing!
I love the shoe photo… I may not agree with her political views but I love her style.
Exactly! Fashion transcends politics 🙂
Vicki on the phone