Laying of the wreath: WDC students will visit Tomb of the Unknown Solder at Arlington Cemetery
Wadena-Deer Creek band and choir students will place a special wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery later this month.
The wreath was presented by the Wadena VFW to the music program last week by Ladies Auxiliary member Shirley Anderson and Post 3922 Commander Michael Tast. Anderson made the wreath as well.
Tast said this is just one of many ways the VFW and school work together throughout the year.
"We want to stay in contact with the community and kids especially," he said. "We hope the students can get something out of this experience."
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington Cemetery have a lot of history and he hopes students enjoy the visit.
The tomb stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater in 1921.
The tomb is made out of white marble and flat-faced. Three Greek figures representing peace, victory and valor. Six wreaths, three sculpted on each side, represent the six major campaigns of World War I. The words "Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God" are inscribed on the back of the tomb.
VFW Ladies Auxiliary member Janice Venzke also enjoys partnering with the school.
"We also do the Voice of Democracy essay contest and the school is a great partner," she said. "It's a great way to connect with the kids."
Band and choir students Bereket Loer, Sophia Kreklau, Tiffany Meeks and Soren Wedde will have the special honor of laying the wreath. They travel to Washington, D.C., March 22-29.