Nations Hollowed Ground
English121: English Composition I
Instructor: Dwight Paulsen
November 21, 2015
Nations Hollowed Ground
American veterans should be honored for many reasons, such as volunteering their life in order to protect the rights granted by the US Constitution, being part of an all volunteer force to go to war to keep our country safe, and holding your self to a higher standard and going above and beyond the call of duty in order to ensure the accomplishment of the mission.
Rolling green hills and scatted tress on 624 acres of land in Arlington, VA is the nations most hollowed ground, Arlington National Cemetery. This cemetery is home the resting place for some of our nations heroes and some from abroad. Having the honor of serving in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) station on Ft. Meyer, VA and performing funerals honors for 3 years here as well as ...view middle of the document...
The cemetery is also home to The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (commonly referred to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier), The Arlington house memorial for Robert E. Lee, memorials for Space Shuttle Challenger as well as Columbia, and home to final resting place of former President John F. Kennedy and his family.
In December 2007, I was assigned to the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). The Old Guard is the Armyâ€™s oldest active infantry regiment and the official ceremonial unit of the Army. During my first month in the unit I went through rigorous training on how to properly march, conduct rifle manuals, uniform inspections, and the history of the cemetery. After the completion of my training I was able to be apart of official ceremonies taking place in the nations capital of Washington DC as well as funerals in Arlington National Cemetery. During my assignment I learned a lot about the history of the cemetery as well as I gained much respect for those being buried there. The Old Guard strides itself on perfection because having the honor of being apart of the funeral detail of a fallen comrade is an important honor as well as you want the family of the deceased to know that you care as well as having a last impression of the military as they see their loved one buried after honorably serving.
In December 2013 in Kandahar Afghanistan, our task force lost 5 members, when their UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter was brought down after being struck by an IED. One of the fallen was Sergeant Peter Bohler. Peter is buried in Arlington National Cemetery at Section 60 Site 10352. Yearly I make it a point to visit his gravesite and say a prayer for him and his family. He was an outstanding noncommissioned officer and even better person. It was an honor to serve alongside him in combat and even greater pleasure to just be able to be apart his life.
I encourage everyone at some point in their life to walk through the cemetery and visit some the monuments and learn some of the stories behind the Medal of Honor recipients and remember that freedoms we enjoy today are because of these brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.