MENANDS, New York -The New York Army National Guard recognized the 21st President of the United States, Chester Arthur, during a rainy ceremony at his grave site in Albany Rural Cemetery on October 5, 2022, the 193rd anniversary of his birth in rural Vermont.
Army Major General Michel Natali, the assistant adjutant general of the New York National Guard, presented a wreath from President Joseph Biden, honoring his predecessor, as taps sounded, and an honor cordon of Soldiers presented arms.
Natali was carrying on a tradition that began in 1967 when President Lyndon Baines Johnson sent wreaths to be presented at the gravesites of his predecessors on their birthday. Every president since then has carried on the tradition, Natali said.
“It’s important that we remember the accomplishments of our previous presidents,” Natali said.