ARLINGTON, Va. – Chris Christian, co-owner and operator of Christian-Sells Funeral
Home in Rogersville Tenn., was chosen to represent the Tennessee Funeral
Directors Association by performing the Wreath Laying
Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
Arlington National Cemetery is one the nation’s most sacred shrines honoring veterans and their families who have sacrificed
their lives for freedom. This is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families.
Christian currently serves as the immediate past president of the
TFDA. He was accompanied by his wife Stacy Christian, and their
nephew Ty Edwards, both of Rogersville, Tenn.
Also representing the State of Tennessee in the ceremony were the Tomb
Guard sentinels, Jacob Davenport from Murfreesboro, and Samuel
Barnett of Memphis. Sentinels are considered to be the best of the elite
3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), headquartered at Fort
Myer, Va. The Tomb of the Unknowns (also known as the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier) is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and in any
weather by Tomb Guard sentinels. The Guards of Honor at the Tomb of
the Unknowns are highly motivated and are proud to honor all American
service members who are "Known But to God."
“(This was) a truly humbling and inspiring endeavor – the opportunity to be a part of this unique ceremony is what I consider to be a perfect match. Stop and think about it; many of the people we serve in our communities are either veterans or wives, husbands, parents, siblings, children or grandchildren of veterans. Who better than funeral directors to help teach our children the value of freedom, to remember the fallen and honor those who serve?” Christian said. “This is one reason it was especially important for me to share this experience with Ty. At only 8 years old, he may not fully appreciate the significance of what our veterans have sacrificed but I want to make sure he is presented with the opportunities to honor – remember – explore.”
Posted Aug. 27