Jan. 23, 2014
WASHINGTON - It says "Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God". As the final resting place for Unknowns from World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a powerful place for any American to visit.
Guarded by the members of the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment known as members of The Old Guard, it is a quiet place of reflection and thanks for those who have given their lives fighting for the United States of America.
The sentinels walk at a cadence of 90 steps per minute for the 21 steps it takes to get to the end of the mat. To begin the 2014 season, Georgetown Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Ricky Fried took his team to see the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery as an exercise in discipline and dedication.
"Watching the Changing of the Guard together as a team was an amazing experience," said junior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City). "It's easy to forget how lucky all of us are to be given this opportunity to be able to go to Georgetown. Seeing how much people have sacrificed in order to make it possible for us to carry on with our daily lives and do the things we love is truly humbling."
"The guards were so prideful and disciplined," said senior captain Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor). "If we could bring even a little more of those qualities to the field, that would be a great thing."
To add to the experience, the team went to Fried's father's grave in the cemetery. Page G. Fried III served two tours in Vietnam as an infantry officer. He retired from the Army after 23 years of service.
"For me, Arlington Cemetery is a special place since my Dad is buried there," said Fried. "It's a place I'm fortunate to be able to visit multiple times a year and to do it with the team was a memorable experience."
As the team prepared to take the field for the first official practice of 2014, the experiences from the visit to Arlington National Cemetery were a constant reminder of the bigger picture away from the Hilltop and how lucky the student-athletes are to be representing Georgetown University in the United States of America.
"It was a great thing for our team to see," said Freedman. "Seeing something like that just puts everything into perspective. It serves as a reminder and gives a renewed appreciation of the things that people do that make our country great and give us the opportunities that we have every day. Not just the guards, but the soldiers we have all over the world."