|Christie's type-written description of this photo|
The ceremony at James Madison's grave at Montpelier began around 11 a.m. under somewhat cloudy skies and pleasantly warm temperatures. At the direction of the current President of the U.S., George H.W. Bush, the Marines arrived in full dress uniform (looking gorgeous, of course) to lay a wreath at President Madison's grave on his birthday. Apparently, they do this at the graves of all U.S. Presidents on their birthdays.
Our presentation and reading of the framed VLA FOI Day citation honoring President Madison for his contributions to intellectual freedom was part of the wreath-laying ceremony. Because I was chair of the VLA Awards Committee in 1990, I was called upon to read the citation and present it to the Director of Montpelier, Christopher Scott (a distinguished Brit).
|Marines laying the wreath from President George H.W. Bush|
|Christie, Scottie reading citation, Liz Hamilton-then President of VLA|
|Marine color guard leaving the cemetery|