Author: Megan Yoder

Published: 1:49 PM EDT April 24, 2019

Updated: 1:49 PM EDT April 24, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va. — On his last walk as a guard at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Sgt. Antonio Garcia stopped to place roses on each crypt in a moving ceremony.

On his final walk, guard lays roses at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Sgt. Antonio Garcia placed roses at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during his final walk.

Garcia participated in a traditional ritual commemorating the end of his time as a guard. The final walk also gives guards like him a chance to pay their respects to the unknown soldiers and their fellow tomb protectors.