Solemn Honors

Story and photos by Maj. James P. Edmiston

    The "Day of Remembrance" memorial ceremony by the Army Counterintelligence Corps Veterans (ACICV) at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was conducted under less than auspicious conditions.

    It was a cold, pounding, swirling rain which quickly soaked the 90 or so participants as they gathered at our country’s most hallowed ground. It was fitting that the rain stopped just moments before the wreath laying ceremony on Nov. 8, 1996.

    It marked the fifth annual Day of Remembrance hosted by the national chapter, a time to memorialize those who had fallen from the ranks of the counterintelligence veterans’ organization. The group was formed in 1982 and incorporated in 1984; the current designation of the ACICV was formally introduced in 1987. Within the 10 chapters of the ACICV, there are over 2,500 full and associate members located throughout the world, wherever the CIC maintained a presence.

    A memorial luncheon was held at the Fort Meyer Officers Club, Fort Meyer, Va., and afterwards the members and invited guests traveled the short distance to the Tomb of the Unknowns. Following the changing of the guard, the ACICV party was escorted to the tombs to dedicate the wreath. The memorial party included Lt.Gen.(Ret.) James A. Williams, Dorothy J. Dietz, Leo Hecht, Klare H. Matheny, and Aaron Sorrels, the ACICV flag bearer.

    The wreath was donated by Dietz in memory of her late husband, Col. Louis H. Dietz, a longtime CIC officer. It was an especially poignant ceremony for Dietz, who is a survivor of Nazi concentration camps. As the Army bugler sounded "Taps," the skies brightened momentarily. The mournful sounds echoed wistfully across the rolling hills and silent graves of the those who had given their lives for their country.

    The CIC veterans had once again honored those who have preceded them in the silent service. They will return year after year to remember....and remember.

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