LeROY, Minn. (FOX 47) – Students from LeRoy-Ostrander School got the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider during their trip to Washington D.C. last week.
The tomb honors soldiers from the two World Wars as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
It is guarded at all times by an elite honor guard who follows a meticulous routine consisting of 21 steps and 21 second intervals, to represent a 21-gun salute, the highest military honor.
After visiting historical sites they learned about in class, the students hope to go back and revisit our nation’s capitol.
“I’d like to go back and visit Arlington and the national parks we went to.” said student Anna Welch.
“My favorite part was the whole trip because you learned so much about the history of United States, how it came together and how it had its difficulties.” added Nicole Hanson.
In addition to the capitol and Arlington National Cemetery, the students also visited sites such Gettysburg, Mount Vernon, the Marine Corps and World War II Memorials, along with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Holocaust Memorial Museum.