November 2015

Meet the Winners of the Ironworker Veteran Wreath Laying Contest

Rogelio “Carlos” Aldana, Dennis Knitz, Harvey McDaniel and Edward Warner 
were the four ironworker military veterans selected to win a weekend trip to Washington, D.C. and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The contest was organized by the Ironworkers Political Action League (IPAL) and No Greater Love, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America’s fallen. The contest was open to all union ironworker military veterans in the United States and Canada, and the four winners were selected at random. 

• Rogelio “Carlos” Aldana, Local 847, served five years in the United States Navy working as a military steelworker or “Seabee” in the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion. He served a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan in 2013 and remains on active duty today. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Carlos specializes in working with reinforcing steel. He traveled to Washington, D.C. with his wife Courtney and two daughters to lay the wreath.

• Dennis Knitz, Local 55, served four years in the United States Army and was stationed in Berlin, Germany for 3 years. He is a member of the American Legion. Upon his return to U.S. soil, Dennis began working as an apprentice and became a journeyman in 1967. Dennis spent 42 years working in the field and retired in September 2009. He traveled to Washington, D.C. with his wife Judy. 

• Harvey McDaniel, Local 384, served three years in the United States Army including a one-and-a-half-year tour in Vietnam. Harvey began working as an ironworker upon his return to the United States in 1971. A third generation ironworker, Harvey retired in 2014 after working 43 years in the field and on many jobs for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is a lifetime member of Local 384 (Knoxville, Tenn.). He was accompanied to Washington, D.C. by his wife Cynthia, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

• Edward Warner III, Local 838, served 10 years in the United States Navy and has traveled throughout the world on missions to the Mediterranean Sea and South America. Edward became an ironworker in 2004. He has served as a shop steward at Supreme Steel for nine years and as president of Local 838 (Regina, Saskatchewan) for eight years. Originally from Lacrosse, Wisconsin, Edward now lives in Waldheim, Saskatchewan with his wife Maria. 

We would like to thank these four ironworkers, and all of our ironworker veterans, for their service.