Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Lays Wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

May 27, 2017
Press Release
Honors Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

WASHINGTON — Congressman Vern Buchanan on Friday laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day.

Vern and his wife Sandy lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

“America must never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country,’’ Buchanan said. “Our nation owes a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid to the brave men and women of our armed forces.”

Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which stands atop a hill overlooking Washington D.C., was created in 1921 as a monument to those American service members whose remains were never identified. The tomb is guarded 24 hours a day by soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, called “The Old Guard.”

The Buchanans at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

“The United States stands strong today because of those who answered our nation’s call generation after generation,” Buchanan said. “We must never forget those who gave all. This Memorial Day, we honor all American veterans killed in action, from the sands of Normandy to the mountains of Afghanistan.”

The Buchanans during the wreath-laying ceremony