Anonymous Arlington worker carries WWII vet to wife's grave

 
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Anonymous Arlington worker carries WWII vet to wife's grave

It's not often that lower level federal government employees make the news, and generally when they do it's because of something nefarious they did.  Which is why when you see a story like this we have to get it out there.  Thousands of Federal Workers each day do deeds both small and large to make the world a better place, but I think in our rush to condemn the government in general they don't get the recognition they truly deserve.

Like this guy:

From the article:

George Boone, 96, came to the cemetery on an Honor Flight from North Carolina, where groups typically make the trip to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Boone requested to visit the gravesite of his late wife, Alma, who passed away in 2007.

In the rush to get over to his wife's final resting spot, Boone's wheelchair was accidentally left behind.

"I just sort of gave up on the whole thing and thought I would have to visit her from that distance," he told FOX5 over Skype on Sunday.

In somewhat related news, I have been going through a timeline that discusses the close connection that The American Legion has with Arlington, and have found some interesting tidbits:

Dec. 21, 1920: American Legion founding member U.S. Rep. Hamilton Fish Jr. introduces a bill in the 66th Congress to authorize a return to the United States the remains of one unknown soldier who lost his life fighting in the Great War. Less than a year later, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery

March 4, 1921: Congress, at the urging of The American Legion in support of U.S. Rep. Hamilton Fish’s 1920 bill, approves the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater overlooking Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Nov. 11, 1921: President Warren G. Harding and the Allied generals, flanked by American Legion members, dedicate the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, the culmination of a Legion-supported legislative push by U.S. Rep. Hamilton Fish Jr., a Plattsburgh alum, former captain of “Harlem’s Hellfighters,” the famed all-black 369th Infantry Regiment, and founding member of The American Legion.

July 2, 1937: The American Legion fights for, and gets, approval for 24-hour guarding of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The “sentinels” of the tomb are members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as “The Old Guard,” which originated in the Revolutionary War. From midnight July 2, 1937, through today, the tomb is continuously guarded, regardless of conditions.

March 15, 1969: Legionnaire President Richard M. Nixon flips the switch to permanently light the Tomb of the Unknowns and the amphitheater temple façade at Arlington National Cemetery. Nearly $200,000 was raised for the project, promoted as The American Legion’s 50th anniversary Gift to the Nation. 

Jan. 7, 2014: On a windy, 7-degree morning, leading candidate for American Legion National Commander Bret Reistad of Virginia presents new Carhartt cold-weather wear to the caisson platoon of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment – the famed “Old Guard” – at Arlington National Cemetery. A former member of the Old Guard himself, Reistad delivers jackets, shirts and underwear donated by Carhartt for soldiers who work with horses around the clock to prepare and train them for funeral services at the national military cemetery.

It's great to see that the standards for workers at Arlington has remained high, and kudos to the worker who carried Mr. Boone to see his wife.

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