On Nov. 14, members of St. John’s Cadet Corps participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
C/COL Jason Lerner ’19, C/CSM Reese Smith ’19, President Jeff Mancabelli and Bill Scherer ’66 represented St. John’s. In addition, 38 student members of the Cadet Corps and St. John’s four Army instructors attended the ceremony.
Each winter, St. John’s CSM John McConnell submits a request for a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery for the following fall. After the request is approved, he coordinates with Tim Frank ’94, an historian at Arlington National Cemetery, to arrange for the Cadets to have access to the Memorial Display Room, which houses plaques and other tributes presented in honor of the service members interred at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and to attend a brief presentation by a member of the US Army.
This year, MSG John Freeland talked with the group about the history of the Tomb of the Unknowns, the soldiers who guard the tomb and the procedural aspects of the guard detail. He also answered several questions about this solemn tradition. Following the presentation and discussion, the group was granted access to the Memorial Amphitheater, where they posed for a group photo.