On November 22, 2013, in tribute to President John F. Kennedy, a special wreath was placed at The Tomb of the Unknowns with Navy SEALs and Carmella LaSpada who served as a White House Special Projects Aide to President Kennedy.
She thought it would be meaningful to have the SEALs be part of this tribute. Because, in 1962, President Kennedy called for the creation of a new military force with the ability to perform clandestine operations in maritime and riverine environments. The US Navy established SEAL (SEA, Air, Land Teams One and Two to answer the call). In the center of this historic wreath, is a drawing of President Kennedy and the last sentence of his inaugural address: “God’s work must truly be our own.”
The wreath is surrounded by 46 red silk roses, honoring the 46 years of this great man’s life and God’s gift to us. It was made possible with the generosity of Dave Hope of The Flower Gallery, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the International Association of Iron Workers, and Louis M. Savary. The artwork for the center of the wreath was designed by Bill Janocha.