This year to honor our nations heroes and to celebrate National Tartan Day, Clan Irwin Mid Atlantic has sought permission to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
And PERMISSION HAS BEEN GRANTED. On April 6 at 12:15 Guy Irvin and officers from the C.I.A. will form the party to pay tribute to these fallen heroes, “Known only but to God.”
Lodging ** (See note below)that is relatively close and inexpensive has been researched. The best facility we found is Hampton Inn Springfield, 6550 Loisdale Court, Springfield, Virginia 22150. Phone 1 703 924 9444. For the lowest rate, go on line, they are currently $76 a night. Those of us who have already made reservations are staying from Friday to Sunday. Reservations should be made as soon as possible, since this date is also in Cherry Blossom Festival season.
Discussions are also occuring with the Ssottish American Military Society and the National Tartan Committee, as well as possible side tours. If you are interested please contact Mid Atlantic Commissioner Barbara Edelman firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Some info about the Tomb.(From the Arlington webpage)
Every year millions of visitors visit Arlington to pay respects to our nations hereos. Arlington once famed Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s home now is the resting place for thousands of military servicemembers and their families.
The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, is also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and has never been officially named. The Tomb of the Unknowns stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater.
The white marble sarcophagus has a flat-faced form and is relieved at the corners and along the sides by neo-classic pilasters, or columns, set into the surface. Sculpted into the east panel which faces Washington, D.C., are three Greek figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor. The six wreaths, three sculpted on each side, represent the six major campaigns of World War I. Inscribed on the back of the Tomb are the words:
Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God
The Tomb sarcophagus was placed above the grave of the Unknown Soldier of World War I. West of the World War I Unknown are the crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Those three graves are marked with white marble slabs flush with the plaza.
**Note: there are accessible rooms available at the hotel and the cemetery has driving passes for Handicap-placard card holders.