May 29, 2011

Wreath laying conducted in remembrance of 29th Infantry members who fought and died overseas

By Maj. Wes Parmer
29th Infantry Division Public Affairs

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 29th Infantry Division Association conducted its annual wreath laying ceremony May 15 at the Tomb of The Unknowns. The ceremony was conducted in remembrance of past 29th ID members who have fought and died overseas.

Maj. Gen. Maj. Gen. Frank E. Batts, Sr., and a World War II Veteran member of the 29th ID Association present a wreath at the Tomb of The Unknowns May 15, 2011. (Photo by Mr. John F. Kutcher, Sr.)

Maj. Gen. Frank E. Batts, Sr., 29th ID commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis A. Green presented the wreath with 29th ID World War II veterans by their side and were also accompanied by members of the 3rd Infantry Regiment. The 3rd Infantry Regiment, the oldest active U.S. infantry unit, is known as The Old Guard for standing their enduring post by the Tomb of the Unknowns uninterrupted since 1948.

The 29th ID, based in Fort Belvoir, Va., was the only National Guard Division to participate in the Normandy Invasion during World War II and was among the very first wave of troops sent ashore at Omaha Beach. The division currently has Soldiers deployed worldwide in support of overseas contingency operations.

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