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Centennial of the Dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

One hundred years ago on 11 November 1921, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated when the remains of an unknown Soldier from World War One was interred while four chaplains participated in the ceremony.

Three years after the end of World War 1, an unidentified Soldier who had been killed in fighting in France during the war was brought to Washington D.C. and lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda until 11 November 1921. On this Armistice day, the body of the unknown Soldier was committed and interred outside the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, along with the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Chaplain (COL) John T. Axton commitments the body of an unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, 21 November 1921 (author’s collection).

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