General John Logan
Grand Army of the Republic
General Orders No. 11, Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868
(which read, in part, as follows)
We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance.
All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders.
Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds.
Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners.
Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.
Army Sgt. Dontae Skywalker, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
tomb sentinel assigned to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,
lays a rose at the foot of one of the crypts of the Unknowns
at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
The placing of a rose at the foot of each crypt signifies
a sentinel’s last and final honor before they leave
The Tomb of the Unknown.
Skywalker served at the Tomb
from September 2010 to September 2012.
On this Memorial Day, in the year 2014, we pray for the nation to never forget the cost of a free and undivided republic.