Kobe Bryant Pays His Respects at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Resurfaced Photo
Kobe Bryant's patriotic spirit and service to his country were brought to light in a throwback photo that showed him paying tribute to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
It has been over a week since Kobe Bryant departed from this world to the great beyond. But he is still getting tributes from those whose lives he touched, and those who he inspired with his selflessness.
Arlington National Cemetery is the latest to pay tribute to the deceased NBA star. The government-owned burial place shared on Twitter a throwback photo of the five-time NBA champion during a visit in 2012.
The photo showed the late Bryant standing beside another athlete dressed in a tracksuit. Their teammates and a small crowd of civilians stood behind them, and the two men stood facing a giant wreath.
The wreath was supported by a stand, and a serviceman stood in salute beside the wreath and the men. ANC wrote alongside the photo,
"In July 2012, the USA Olympic basketball team visited Arlington National Cemetery. Kobe Bryant represented his team during a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier."
The snap has since gotten over a hundred retweets and 700 likes. It spoke of Bryant's continuous service and dedication to his community, state, and country.
The deceased played in the 2012 Olympics alongside other top players from the NBA. The USA team was under the leadership of LeBron James, and Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Black Griffin also made the team.
He added that he cried while trying to make sense of the news and couldn't believe it at first.
In July 2012, the USA Olympic men's basketball team visited Arlington National Cemetery. Kobe Bryant represented his team during a wreath laying ceremony to honor the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. pic.twitter.com/Kf9nVBPGMF— Arlington National Cemetery (@ArlingtonNatl) January 26, 2020
Team USA finished with an eight to zero record. They had an average score of 116 points in each game, scoring their highest — 156 — against the West Africa country, Nigeria.
Bryant died along with eight others, including his daughter, Gianna, on the morning of January 26th. The group was flying to the Mamba Sports Academy when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed.
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I’m Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! 😢😢😢😢💔. Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this shit on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life❤️🙏🏾 #Gigi4Life❤️🙏🏾
The late NBA star's death impacted a lot of people. Case in point is Manny Sandoval, a former attendant of the Los Angeles Lakers.
He added that he cried while trying to make sense of the news and couldn't believe it at first. The former attendant worked 22 seasons for the Lakers and described Bryant as someone who was goal-oriented.
Sandoval also referred to the deceased as his brother for life. The late NBA star shined like a bright light in his 41 years, and his brightness continues to light the way for others.