AUSN Chief Executive Officer RADM Christopher W. Cole (USN, Ret.) was on hand with several U.S. Navy sailors for the laying of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2019.
Arlington National Cemetery and the Military District of Washington hosts the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The event takes place twice per year (on Veterans Day and Memorial Day).
The Veterans Day National Committee conducts wreath presentations after the changing of the guard. After the wreath-laying, there is a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries inside the Memorial Amphitheater.
The ceremony centers around the Tomb of the Unknowns (also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier). This monument is dedicated to U.S. service members who have died and whose remains have not been identified. It is the most sacred part of the cemetery, and it has been guarded 24 hours a day, seven days a week since 1948.
See below for photos from the event: