Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
moves members to tears
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two com- bat veterans went to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Sept. 11 on behalf
of SPEEA, IFP TE Local 2001. The honor moved
them to tears.
“It was a rich,
emotional experience,” said Edward
Leonard, a SPEEA
Prof who served
in the U.S. Army.
“Being there was
nothing like when
you see it on film
or video – you didn’t
leave without being
Vince Braun, a
who also served
in the U.S. Army,
about how hard it
was to hold back
his tears during the
“In the military,
they teach you not
to show your emotions, but all four
of us had tears in
our eyes,” he said about the IFPTE members
who took part in the wreath-laying ceremony
at Arlington National Cemetery.
The ironworkers’ union invited IFP TE to send a
small group. In addition to Braun and Leonard,
Tim Rudolph, Local 195 president and chair of
the IFPTE Veterans Committee, and Kathleen
Griffin, IFPTE Local 30, participated.
Braun served in the U.S. Infantry for two wars
and six peacekeeping efforts. His tours of duty
included Operation Desert Storm, Operation
Iraqi Freedom II-IV, United Nations peacekeep-er in Macedonia, Bosnia and Kosovo as well as
stations in Germany and the U.S. He earned a
bronze star for valor during the battle of Najaf
and Fallujah in Iraq.
Leonard served in the U.S. Army and Army
Reserve. He was a Combat Support Hospital
Medical Supply Specialist during Operations
Desert Shield/Desert Storm on the Saudi Arabian
border with Iraq and Kuwait. Later in the Multi-
National Security Transition Command – Iraq,
he was a senior military advisor to Iraqi Security
Forces building the new Iraq Army.
Both Braun and Leonard are grateful to SPEEA
for the opportunity to represent their union at
the ceremony. They also like having a union.
Leonard, who is a
tool engineer at The
has been able to
represent me in
and I’m happy with
I’m also happy
with IFPTE for
adding a Veterans
Braun, a quality
production specialist in the first article
inspection group at
shares why he’s
grateful for SPEEA
at the company’s
new-hire orientation every chance
“I’ve always been
proud to be a
said Braun, who is
also a SPEEA Area Rep. “After 20 years in the
military when I didn’t have any say over any-
thing, now I have a say. My voice counts. It’s one
reason I joined the union – because it’s fighting
for my rights.”
Representing SPEEA at the ceremony was espe-
cially meaningful for both of them because of
their own combat experience and knowing fellow
soldiers who didn’t make it home. The members
paid to have their wives at the ceremony, and
Leonard paid to have his children there, too.
“I’m appreciative that my family was able to be
there with me to witness the ceremony and see
the rows of fallen service members that made the
ultimate sacrifice supporting the freedoms we
have in the United States of America,” Leonard
said, acknowledging the timing as well, with
Boeing’s centennial, the recent Labor Day and
the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
Braun’s voice choked with emotion when he
talked about being selected for the trip. “They
gave me the honor to go down there – it’s not
something everybody gets to do,” he said. “I
wouldn’t have missed it.”
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From left, IFPTE members include Edward Leonard and Vince
Braun, both SPEEA members, Tim Rudolph, Local 195 and
Kathleen Griffin, Local 30. (Photo by Chris Langford, IFPTE).