Here Rests in Honored Glory: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Commemoration

2021 marks the centennial of the creation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. On November 11, 1921, President Warren G. Harding officiated interment ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

President Harding delivering address in Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, VA, 11/11/1921 National Archives Identifier 209279977

In commemoration of this 100th anniversary, the National Archives, in partnership with Arlington National Cemetery, presents virtual programs on September 21 and September 28, 2021. Both programs explore National Archives records related to the cemetery and tomb. A related special document display will open on November 4, 2021, in the National Archives Museum.

Part 1: Here Rests in Honored Glory: National Archives Records Related to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Tuesday, September 21, at 3 p.m. (ET)
Features motion picture, cartographic, and photographic records. Timothy Frank, a historian at Arlington National Cemetery, will moderate the discussion with National Archives staff members: Amy Edwards, archivist; Alexandra Geitz, supervisory archivist; and William Wade, supervisory archivist. 
Register to attend online. Watch the free program livestreamed on the National Archives YouTube channel.

Part 2: Here Rests in Honored Glory: National Archives Records Related to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Tuesday, September 28, at 3 p.m. (ET)
Features textual records. Allison S. Finkelstein, a historian at Arlington National Cemetery, will moderate the discussion with National Archives staff members: John Deeben, archivist; Eric Kilgore, supervisory archives specialist; Lauren Theodore, archives specialist; and Eric Van Slander, archivist.
Register to attend online. Watch the free program livestreamed on the National Archives YouTube channel.

Wreath Laying Ceremony at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. National Archives Identifier 209280032 

The 100th Anniversary of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will be honored with a special display of the Joint Resolution passed by Congress to return to the United States “the body of an American, who lost his life during the World War and whose identity has not been established.” The display opens on November 4, 2021 in the West Rotunda of the National Archives Museum. It will be open with limited capacity 10 a.m–5:30 p.m., daily. 
Required: reserve timed entry tickets on Recreation.gov.

Annual Pilgrimage of the Gold Star Mothers, Inc. of New York and nearby states., 9/30/1934. National Archives Identifier 209280039

2021 marks the centennial of the creation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). ANC is leading the Department of Defense’s official commemoration of this anniversary through a variety of programs, projects, and events. To learn more about these and to find out how you can participate, please visit: www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Tomb100

Learn more on the National Archives Google Arts & Culture exhibit: 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 

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