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Tenn. Cadets Place Wreath on Tomb of Unknown Soldier

A pair of Murfreesboro Composite Squadron cadets received the opportunity of a lifetime during their Tennessee Wing unit’s visit to Washington, D.C. – participation in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

The honor went to Cadet Lt. Col. Jonah Torp-Pedersen and Cadet 1st Lt. Jonah Williams.

“I was overcome with honor and respect for the Unknown Soldier and the many men and women who served our country that now rest at Arlington," Torp-Pedersen said. "It was a very humbling experience to be able to walk with the guards and lay a wreath with them as they keep watch over the tomb.”


In addition, while the squadron was visiting the Air Force Memorial, a police escort of several coach buses pulled up with veterans from Louisville, Kentucky. Normally, the Murfreesboro members assist the Screaming Eagle Honor Flight on departures from the Nashville airport. This time they were able to see the other side of an Honor Flight, as they escorted veterans off their bus and spent time with them at the memorial.

The rest of the trip was spent touring the nation's capital, including visits to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; the National Air and Space Museum; the Marine Barracks; memorials and monuments; the Capitol and the White House.