Medal of Honor Day at ANC

Medal of Honor Day at ANC
Members of the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” participate in a full honors wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2017, in Arlington, Va. With 24 Medal of Honor recipients in attendance, the wreath laying marked Medal of Honor Day, which falls on March 25 each year. (U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue/Arlington National Cemetery/released)

Medal of Honor Recipient Miguel A. Vera

Medal of Honor Recipient Miguel A. Vera

Korean War hero, Army Pvt. Miguel A. Vera, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery November 20, 2014. The ceremony comes eight months after he was awarded the Medal of Honor more than 60 years after he was killed in action. Pvt. Vera who was born in Puerto Rico, was just 17 when he joined the Army. He was serving as a rifleman with the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division in Chorwon, Korea, when he was killed at the Battle of Old Baldy on September 21, 1952.

Photography by Stephen Smith