Students in the Hamilton College Program in Washington, D.C., recently participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of all Hamiltonians who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The wreath party consisted of three students participating in the D.C. program—Vincent DiCindio ’15, Christopher Holm ’15 and Tracy Mazerolle ’15, as well as Lt. Colonel Eric R. Hannis ’90, who is currently serving as the country director for Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in the Middle East Division of Air Force International Affairs. Frank C. Vlossak IV ’89, a principal at Williams and Jensen PLLC, also attended.
Christopher Jusuf ’15 commented afterward that “it was an incredible experience to be able to honor the brave men and women of Hamilton who have given so much for the defense of our nation. Almost everyone in America knows at least one person who serves or has served in the armed forces, and being at Arlington Cemetery really helped us understand the degree of risk and sacrifice they assume for our country.”
Ralph Jerome ’15 concurred: “Visiting Arlington National Cemetery and seeing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was both a solemn and patriotic experience. The tomb guards didn't skip a beat in their routines and the entire crowd watched over the proceedings with the utmost respect. It was very cool to see a Hamilton wreath placed at the tomb.”