In Louisiana, The Town Talk reports that Army Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Alvarez, who is stationed at Fort Polk, escorted his daughter, Cori, a Brownie, on a one-mile hike uphill in 100-degree weather to watch as she and three fellow Girl Scouts placed the wreath on the tomb at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington.
The honor came courtesy of the Girl Scouts of the USA, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Cori responded to an essay contest posed by the Girl Scouts as part of its centennial celebration. The topic was "What does Arlington National Cemetery mean to you?"
With a little help from her mom, Jennifer, Cori's essay was one of four essays chosen to represent the Girl Scouts in Washington.
Cori stated in her essay, "Arlington Cemetery is a place where my military family members can rest with their military brothers and sisters. I am free in the United States, and the soldiers made that happen for me. If it wasn't for the soldiers and my father, I would not even be allowed to be a Girl Scout. Arlington means family and freedom."
When Alvarez read his daughter's essay, he knew there was only one thing for him to do.
"I went and got my whole uniform redone and everything," he said. "It wasn't just the fact that she wrote this essay. It was the fact that she recognized that soldiers were putting their lives (on the line) for their country, and that they have families, too. It's the great pride that my own daughter realizes that she's part of a military family."