A group of First World War Australian veterans laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.
A group of First World War Australian veterans laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (April 17).
The 35 veterans and some of their families who served with the Third Division of the Australian Imperial Defense Force are journeying to France to honor the dead they left on the battlefields. Their trip, inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of the war, was halted briefly so they could lay a wreath on the U.S. National Monument to unknown U.S. soldiers killed in the war.
The group's leader, Les Irwin, a Federal Member of Parliament, and Jack O'Conne said the wreath as the rest of the group watched. Both men are from New South Wales. While at the cemetery the veterans also placed a wreath on the grave of the late President John Kennedy.
The group will travel from Washington to New York City for one day on Friday (April 19) and will leave for England where it will remain for about a week. The Australians will then visit First World War battlefields in France.