Tom Cotton book to focus on Arlington National Cemetery service

A book by Tom Cotton will be released May 14 chronicling the history of Arlington National Cemetery’s Old Guard as well as his own time in the unit, according to his publisher.

The Arkansas senator spent 16 months during 2007 and 2008 leading the Old Guard unit that oversees and performs funerals for fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery between his own tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also spent the past year observing and reporting on the unity’s present-day soldiers, which his publisher, William Morrow (part of HarperCollins), says forms the “spine of the book.”