Photo by Spc. David M. Sharp
Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commander of JFHQ-NCR/MDW, hosts a wreath laying ceremony in honor of President and Gen. George Washington on his birthday at Mount Vernon, Va., Feb. 20, 2012.
The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct an Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Tomb of George Washington located on the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estates & Garden, Mount Vernon. The wreath laying will be followed by patriotic music and military firing demonstration by the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), featuring the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard.
The wreath-laying ceremony, patriotic music and military firing demonstration are free and open to the general public. Tickets are not required to attend these events. Space is limited to standing room only. Attendees are encouraged to be at George Washington’s Tomb by 9:30 a.m.
The Fife and Drum Corps will perform a 30-minute musical salute to the first president on the Bowling Green scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The Old Guard is the nation’s oldest active infantry regiment and is the Army’s official ceremonial unit and escort to the president. The Old Guard combines history with precision to honor the first American president.