In advance of Independence Day, a local historical group paid tribute in Arlington National Cemetery to fallen U.S. service members.

The Kennesaw Mountain Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution including members from Cherokee, Cobb and Douglas counties participated in a ceremonial wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. on June 27.

The tomb is dedicated to U.S. service members who have died with their remains unidentified. The unknown U.S. military members laid to rest at the tomb represent all missing and unknown service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. The tomb is the final resting place for unknowns from World War I, World War II and the Korean War, and is always guarded.

“Our chapter organized a dedication to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while attending the DAR Continental Congress. There are no words that could adequately express the humbling experience participating in the wreath laying ceremony,” said Loriann White, organizing and chapter regent, Kennesaw Mountain Chapter.

“Our Vice Regent who also serves the chapter as the National Defense Chair, Paula Spicer, served in the U.S. Army Reserve. We felt it necessary to honor her service to America along with remembering those who fought and died for our freedoms and liberties,” White said.

Members who participated in the ceremony were Regent White, Vice Regent Spicer, Kate Sklikas, Brenda King. Additionally, members Amy Kibble, Christina Bowser and Eve Bussey were in attendance.

The Kennesaw Mountain Chapter has documented 29,711 volunteer hours dedicated to Service to America by serving Cherokee, Cobb and the state of Georgia.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. To learn more about the DAR, visit www.DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDAR, twitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.

Born and raised in the Canton/ Woodstock area, a graduate of Reinhardt University and a lover of life.

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