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Laying of the wreath: WDC students will visit Tomb of the Unknown Solder at Arlington Cemetery

Wadena VFW Ladies Auxiliary member Shirley Anderson made a wreath that will be placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. Dana Pavek/WDC Schools1 / 3
Flags fly outside the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle School each day to honor the country, state, veterans and to schow pride in the school. Dana Pavek/WDC Schools2 / 3
Lisa Weniger (WDC band director), Bereket Loer, Sophia Kreklau, Shirley Anderson (Wadena VFW Ladies Auxiliary and wreath maker), Michael Tast (Wadena VFW Post 3922 commander), Tiffany Meeks, Soren Wedde and Mike Ortmann (WDC vocal director) met to exchange the wreath last week. Dana Pavek/WDC Schools3 / 3

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.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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