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December 17, 2018

WCU students participate in wreath laying cermony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 Four Western Carolina University students participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Friday, Nov. 16, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Robert Buchmann of Colville, Wash., majoring in electrical engineering; Matthew Kiefer, Asheboro, NC, double majoring in history and education; Taylor Mitchell, Clyde, NC, majoring in nursing; and Taylor Propst, Greensboro, NC, all veterans themselves, marched alongside the tomb guard to place the wreath to honor the unknown fallen American heroes.

“It was a very humbling experience,” said Kiefer. “Often in life we get in such a hurry, we forget to think about all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the things we take for granted every day.  Without a doubt, it was an absolute honor to get to partake in the wreath laying ceremony and a big thanks to those who made the trip possible.”

This was the second time WCU students have been part of the ceremony, the first time was in 2016.  The trip is part of the Western Carolina University’s Military Student Services commitment to military students, veterans and alumni.

According to Susan Fouts, Executive Director of Educational Outreach, “This event is one of the ways we can honor our active duty and veteran students. By supporting these student veterans’ trip to Arlington National Cemetery to lay this wreath, we can honor all of those in the WCU family who serve or have served.”

For more information about the Tomb of the Unknown Solider and Arlington National Cemetery, visit www.arlingtoncemetery.mil.

For more information about Military Student Services at WCU, visit military.wcu.edu or contact Briana Ford, WCU’s Military Student Services director at  blford@wcu.edu.

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