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Letter carrier heroes lay wreath at Arlington Cemetery (updated with photos)

Representatives of the NALC had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Wednesday, Oct. 7, directly following the noon changing-of-the-guard ceremony.

Representing NALC were four of the Letter Carrier Heroes of the Year for 2015 who are also military veterans: National Hero of the Year Scott Gallegos of Carmichael, CA Br. 4494 (Army); National Humanitarian of the Year James Robledo of Garden Grove, CA Br. 1100 (Army); Eastern Region Hero of the Year Alan Symonette of Gainesville, FL Br. 1025 (Marine Corps); and Unit Citation Hero Terrence Graves of Eugene, OR Br. 916 (Navy). Click here to read about these and all of this year’s letter carrier heroes.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a monument dedicated to U.S. service members who have died but whose remains are unidentified. Traditionally, presidents and other dignitaries have laid wreaths there as a way of honoring the country’s military veterans.

The Postal Service is the largest civilian employer of veterans. Currently, 120,000 postal workers—21 percent of USPS’ workforce—are veterans.

Click here or below to check out photos from the event on Flickr.