OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Ross Ford, R-Broken Arrow, on Wednesday placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
He was joined by Broken Arrow Mayor Debra Wimpee, her husband Glenne, and his wife, Councilwoman Lisa Ford.
“Placing at wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier made me ever more thankful for the sacrifice of our American military and our veterans,” Ford said. “These are men and women who give up their very lives so that we might live in liberty and safety. Their service is even more poignant to me on this day when the lives of so many of our soldiers and the people who have served as our allies in Afghanistan are in great peril. My prayers and thoughts are with all who serve, and I say a special prayer for those families who know not the ultimate fate of their loved ones.
“I’m humbled and honored to be able to honor these great American hero’s by laying a wreath,” Councilwoman Ford said. “I would also like thank the sentinel guards who honorably guard the tomb in all kinds of weather.”
Rep. Ford is a 25-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer and as a DARE and community relations officer. Ford is the chair of the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee for Public Safety and also a member of the House Criminal Justice & Corrections and the Judiciary – Criminal committees.
Since 1921, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has provided a final resting place for one of America’s unidentified World War I service members, Unknowns from later wars were added in 1958 and 1984. The tomb also serves as a place of mourning and a site for reflection on military service, according to information from Arlington National Cemetery.
- Ross Ford represents District 76 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes part of Broken Arrow and Tulsa.