Mother, son lay wreath in D.C.
By Staff Sgt Lindsay Roe, 137 ARW Public Affairs
/ Published October 25, 2011
August -- Master Sgt. Rob Thompson, a photographer at Will Rogers Air National Guard base, and her son, Airman 1st Class Anthony Thompson, assigned to the 137th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron here, participated in a wreath ceremony on May 8, at the Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C.
Airman 1st Class Thompson was a part of the Blanchard High School band, which was planning a trip to Washington, D.C., to perform at the World War II Memorial.
While there, they wanted to participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
When the fourth member of the wreath team could not attend the trip, they had to find someone to fill that spot. Master Sgt. Thompson had recently returned from a tour at Bagram AB, Afghanistan, and the seniors and band directors believed her to be the perfect replacement.
During the ceremony, the mother-son team placed the wreath on the stand and all were directed to "present arms." As the lone bugle played Taps, most placed their hands over their hearts. Those in uniform saluted the tomb, including Master Sgt. Thompson.
"What have I done to deserve this honor" she thought, "And on Mother's Day!"
"I hope the kids understand what an honor it is and not take it lightly," said Master Sgt. Thompson. Airman 1st Class Thompson is currently at basic military training in San Antonio.