Pride Poise Perfection
These words are inscribed on the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery. The Tomb symbolizes those of America who gave their lives in World War I, World War II and the Korean War in defense of the Nation’s Integrity, honor and tranquility. Numerous ceremonies are performed annually at the Tomb to honor these soldiers and to show the nation’s respect for members of the United States Armed Forces. The most notable of such ceremonies are wreath-laying ceremonies that take place on National Holidays, such as Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day, where the President, or his designee, lays a wreath to mark the national observance of that day. Also, held in high esteem are wreath laying ceremonies that occur during foreign dignitary State visits. At these ceremonies, the visiting head of state will pay formal respects to the sacrifice of America’s veterans in foreign wars by placing a wreath before the tomb. All ceremonies performed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with the exception of Tomb Guard duty (performed by the Army Honor Guard), are Joint Service functions led by the Military District of Washington. Therefore, the members of the Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard serve as active participants in all Joint Service Ceremonies performed at the tomb, including the highly respected wreath laying ceremonies. During these ceremonies, each of the five Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard) provide Ceremonial Honor Guard personnel to represent their respective service to the public and to the leaders of foreign countries. The Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard strives to prepare its members for these ceremonies through hours of practice in weapons drill, uniform maintenance and military bearing.