WASHINGTON — Two students from Hunter Middle School in Ooltewah recently received the solemn honor of participating in changing the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Michael Ramirez and Gabi Neely, along with 108 of their fellow 8th graders, were on a trip in the nation's capital when they were chosen for the honor.
Watch video of them taking part in the ceremony, taken by their teacher, Staci Camp.
Camp took a few more photos while Ramirez and Neely were taking part. Click on our gallery above to see them.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery's most iconic memorial, stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. The neoclassical, white marble sarcophagus depicts three carved Greek figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor. Six wreaths, three sculpted on each side, represent the six major campaigns of World War I. Inscribed on the back of the Tomb are the words:
Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God
The Tomb sarcophagus stands above the grave of the Unknown Soldier of World War I. To the west are the crypts for an Unknown Soldier from World War II and the Korean War. A white marble slab flush with the plaza marks each crypt.