Celebrating the Tomb’s centennial
via the American Legion magazine web site
The Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is leading national efforts to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sacred crypts at Arlington National Cemetery. The society plans events in multiple locations in the United States and France to honor the anniversary of the monument that came into existence in 1921 due to legislation from U.S. Rep. Hamilton Fish Jr. – a founder of The American Legion – with support from the organization.
The Legion has been actively involved in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier since its installation, having participated in multiple ceremonies there, calling for 24/7 guarding of the site and raising funds to pay for its lighting in 1969. American Legion Post 1 in Paris is providing local support for the society at several events in France, and for a “pilgrimage” by leaders of various groups such as American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Commemorative events in October and November, subject to change, are listed below. Times are local. For updates, visit tombguard.org on the web.
1-31, Tyler, Texas. Commemorative display, Robert R. Muntz Library, 3900 University Blvd. uttyler.edu/library
5-9, Rome, Ga. “A CALL TO HONOR: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Replica” on display for the public to visit and ask questions. This half-scale traveling replica is maintained by the Exchange Club of Rome, which has united with the society to help educate citizens about the tomb. Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, 69 Church St. SE, daily 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., tomb.romeexchangeclub.com
14-15, Covington, La. “A CALL TO HONOR: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Replica” on display; questions will be answered for visitors. St. Tammany Justice Center Veterans Plaza, 701 N. Columbus St., daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
18-19, Paris. A walking tour of key American monuments and sites in Paris is followed by a wreath ceremony at the American Legion Mausoleum. A Never Forget Garden at the American Cathedral will be dedicated at 5 p.m.; the Memorial Cloister is the first memorial in France to Americans fallen in World War I. See tombguard.org for more information. RSVP required to email@example.com.
Read the entire article on the American Legion magazine web site.
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