MENANDS--Major General Raymond Shields commander of the New York Army National Guard; right and New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski salute after placing a wreath at the grave of Chester A. Arrthur president of the United States from 1881 to 1885 during a ceremony in Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands N.Y. on Oct. 5 2017 . The United States Military honors deceased presidents with a wreath from the sitting president at their gravesite on the anniversary of the past presidents birth.