FORT LEE, Va. (April 6, 2017) -- Combined Arms Support Command leaders honored President John Tyler, the nation’s 10th commander-in-chief in a traditional wreath-laying ceremony held at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, March 29.
Brig. Gen. Rodney D. Fogg, Quartermaster General and Commandant of the QM School, delivered remarks on behalf of President Donald J. Trump as family members and special guests of the former president observed.
“Today, we gather to honor the legacy of President Tyler, an outstanding leader who guided America when it was still young and in need of strength and direction,” said Fogg. “A historian once said ‘Greatness is won by an individual with courage, with knowledge of his duty, and with a sense of honor in action.’ This, I suggest, is a perfect description of President Tyler.”
To pay homage to the nation’s leaders, ceremonies like this are held annually at the grave site of each of the former presidents on their birthday.
Tyler was born March 29, 1790, in Charles City County. He served as governor of Virginia twice and was the first vice president to succeed as president upon the death of William Henry Harrison in 1841.
“He believed in placing the right people in the right jobs stating, ‘The only object of my political worship shall be the constitution of my Country.’ He was a president of principle, not party, who put the country first,” Fogg observed.
A similar wreath-laying at the grave of President James Monroe will take place April 28, 11 a.m., at the same location.