Memorial Day, observed this year on Monday, May 28, is a unifying day to remember and to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during all wars fought by American forces. As people spend time with families and friends during this unofficial start of summer, take a moment to pause and remember those who served and those who are still serving to defend freedom.
Shown here is Matthew Hernandez, a 2004 Wellington High School and 2008 U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduate, during an Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The tomb reads, “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.” It is guarded around the clock.
Hernandez served as Commander of Troops, and this was his last ceremony with the honor guard.
“The tradition after your last ceremony is to walk from the cemetery all the way back to the barracks so you can reflect on your time in the 3rd Infantry Regiment (the Old Guard) and reflect on all who have been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery,” said Hernandez, who also spent time as platoon leader for the Presidential Honor Guard.