Did You Know that the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is 100 Years Old This Year?

Since November 11, 1921, the Tomb has provided a final resting place for one of America’s unidentified World War I service members, and Unknowns from later wars were added in 1958 and 1984.

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Whether they rest in peace
or rest in pieces
In the quiet tomb
it doesn't matter
World's worry ceases.

For the first time in nearly 100 years, and as part of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Commemoration, the public will be able to walk on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Plaza and lay flowers in front of the Tomb on Nov. 9 and 10, 2021.

The flower ceremony will start at 8 a.m. Nov. 9 with representatives from the Crow Nation placing flowers at the Tomb. They will recite a prayer in honor of Chief Plenty Coups, who served as a scout for the U.S. Army.

Invited by President Warren Harding, Chief Plenty Coups was the sole representative of Native Americans for the dedication of the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier in 1921. He gave a short speech in his native tongue in honor of the soldier and the occasion. He placed his war-bonnet and coup stick upon the tomb, which are preserved in a display case in Arlington.

27 thoughts on “Did You Know that the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is 100 Years Old This Year?”

  1. What a touching story. “Whether they rest in peace
    or rest in pieces
    In the quiet tomb
    it doesn’t matter
    World’s worry ceases.” My, that is an extremely powerful verse! We really do forget the people we need to remember. Our world only knows to glorify celebrities. Not saying it’s wrong, but the ones resting there deserve our highest regards and respect, but are conveniently forgotten. May the brave souls rest in power 🙏

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  2. in Italy we celebrated the 100th anniversary last week,
    The Milite Ignoto/ Unknown Soldier was buried on 4 November 1921 at the Altare della Patria in Rome during a solemn ceremony
    The body was chosen from among 11 coffins containing the unidentified remains of fallen soldiers, retrieved from various areas of the front. The mother of a soldier whose body was never recovered, had been asked to make the difficult choice a few days earlier, near the Isonzo battefields.
    When she reached the 10th coffin in the line, she slumped to the floor and screamed her son’s name. This was the body chosen.
    The casket containing the Unknown Solider then made a slow journey to Rome, with crowds amassing at each station to pay their respects.

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