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News | Nov. 4, 2019

Distribution’s Diggs participates in a once in a lifetime event

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Distribution’s Deneen Diggs, supervisor, Expeditionary Logistics, is a graduate of the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program. One aspect of the program brings graduate mentors back to participate in current and future cohort orientations.

Diggs was invited to come back as a graduate mentor for the DoD ELDP 2020 cohort. The theme for orientation was to “Begin with the End in Mind” and the two highlights of the day were retaking the Oath and placing the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  

Diggs, along with a group of three representing past graduates, current students and the deputy program manager, participated in the wreath laying ceremony Sept. 18.

The Arlington National Cemetery website provides policy for groups who would like to honor U.S. veterans and members of the armed forces by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Public wreath ceremonies are limited to one per group per day, with a maximum of four participants in the ceremony. The wreath for the ceremony is provided by the participants and attended by ceremonial units from the uniformed services. 

In many cultures, wreaths represent notions of eternity, continuity and honoring memories. In the military tradition of wreath-laying ceremonies, the gesture honors the marking of sacred ground. 

“The opportunity to attend the event was incredibly humbling and a very powerful reminder of our mission,” said Diggs.

Those interested in conducting a ceremony, may visit the ANC website and provide a written request.