WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2012) -- Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda participated in an Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery today honoring the sacrifice of America's veterans in foreign wars. Noda was escorted by U.S. Army Military District of Washington's (MDW) Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington.

The gift of flowers at a memorial site is a ritual that occurs around the world and is understood in every culture. The floral tributes during a wreath lying bespeak both the beauty and the brevity of life and evoke memories of other days. An Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Laying Ceremony is a time honored tradition and symbol of respect.

The US Army Military District of Washington serves as the Army Forces Component and core staff element of the Joint Force Head¬quarters-National Capital Region to conduct operations that deter, prevent, and respond to threats aimed at the National Capital Region; and conducts world-class ceremonial, musical and special events in support of our Nation's leadership.