ARLINGTON, VA – Leaders from the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union representing federal and D.C. government workers, today honored the nation’s fallen soldiers by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
Participants in the wreath-laying ceremony included AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr., National Secretary-Treasurer Eugene Hudson Jr., 10th District National Vice President Rogelio Flores and AFGE National Veterans Affairs Council President Alma Lee.
“It’s truly an honor to be able to recognize our veterans by participating in this solemn ceremony,” Cox said. “America’s system of national cemeteries, so ably managed by our Department of Veterans Affairs employees, is a shrine that must be valued and protected.”
AFGE has a long history of advocating on behalf of our nation’s veterans, many of whom continue to serve the country as civilian employees at the VA, Department of Defense and other agencies. President Cox is a founding member of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council, established in 2008 to help ensure veterans have access to good jobs and quality health care, and currently serves as the council chair.
“The men and women who wear the military uniform deserve our utmost respect and appreciation, and that includes ensuring that they are provided with all of the benefits they were promised when they agreed to serve,” Lee said.
Photos from today’s wreath-laying ceremony will be available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/afge/.