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Grand County students place wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

During an annual eighth-grade East Grand Middle School trip to Washington D.C., four students had the privilege of presenting a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Selected for their essays about why they would wanted to visit the famous tomb, Lindsey Delphia, Lexie Sutcliffe, Lucas McConnell, and Cody Charland experienced first-hand the flag ceremony and military ritual that surrounds the Unknown Soldier as they walked an East Grand Middle School wreath to its stand in front of the tomb, then stood before it as a soldier played Taps.

“When they played Taps, that’s when most of the adults that were on the trip were crying. It was quite a moving ceremony for all of us to see our kids down there,” said East Grand Middle School Principal Jeff Verosky.

East Grand Middle School teachers Tina Steinberg and Anne-Marie Salem had arranged East Grand’s special opportunity to lay the wreathe. The eighth-grade trip took place during the May 15 “Armed Forces Day” weekend.

Understanding that the Tomb “commemorates all the unidentified soldiers lost in the war,” Charland said he wrote in his essay how the monument is really about “honoring people.”

For Sutcliffe, one of the reasons she wanted to be there was to “say thank you to the families who gave their loved ones to the wrath of war. It was not just for the soldiers, but also for the families of the soldiers.”

Three of the four students knew of loved ones in the military, both in the past and in the present.

McConnell’s grandfather who served in the Korean War is buried in Arlington Cemetery, he said. His essay was devoted to the history of the Tomb and to his late grandfather.

And for Delphia, “It was more about me being a proud American,” she said.

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