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 company is holding events in multiple locations across the United States and France to honor the anniversary of the monument which came into being in 1921 due to the legislation of U.S. Representative Hamilton Fish Jr. – one of the founders of the American Legion – with the support of 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 a 24/7 site guard and raising funds to pay for its lighting in 1969. Extension 1 of the American Legion in Paris provides local support to the company 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. The hours are local. For updates, visit tombguard.org on the Web.
1-31, Tyler, Texas. Memorial exhibit, Robert R. Muntz Library, 3900 University Blvd. uttyler.edu/library
5-9, Rome, Georgia. “A CALL TO HONOR: Replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” is 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 company to help educate citizens at the grave. Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, 69 Church St. SE, daily 5-10 p.m., tomb.romeexchangeclub.com
14-15, Covington, Louisiana. “A CALL TO HONOR: the replica of the tomb of the unknown soldier”; questions will be answered for visitors. St. Tammany Justice Center Veterans Plaza, 701 N. Columbus St., daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
18-19, Paris. A walking tour of major American monuments and sites in Paris is followed by a crowning ceremony at the American Legion Mausoleum. A Never Forgotten Garden at the American Cathedral will be dedicated at 5 pm; the Memorial Cloister is the first memorial in France to Americans who fell during the First World War. See tombguard.org for more information. RSVP required for [email protected].
21, Saint-Mihiel cemetery, France. Educational walking tour by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), discussion of the Unknown Soldier selection process in 1921, and wreath laying ceremony at 2:20 p.m. RSVP required for [email protected]. abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/st-mihiel-american-cemetery
22, Aisne-Marne cemetery, France. Crown ceremony at 9 a.m. and educational walking tour of the ABMC, focusing on the associated battlefield and the selection process of the unknown soldiers candidates of WWI in 1921. RSVP required for [email protected]. abmc.gov/aisne-marne
22, Somme cemetery, France. Crown ceremony at 2:30 p.m. and ABMC educational walking tour focusing on the associated battlefield and the selection process of the unknown WWI candidate candidates in 1921. RSVP required for [email protected]. abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/somme-american-cemetery
23, Meuse-Argonne cemetery, France. Crown ceremony at 9:00 a.m. and ABMC educational walking tour focusing on the associated battlefield and the selection process of the unknown WWI candidate candidates in 1921. RSVP required for [email protected]. abmc.gov/Meuse-Argonne
23, Town Hall, Châlons-en-Champagne, France. Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the four unknown candidate soldiers of the First World War in 1921 from the American cemeteries in the region, and of the honor guard of the French soldiers who assumed the death watch, when six American soldiers of the occupying army joined them leading a joint honor guard all night until the
ceremonies the next day. Vigil starts at 5 p.m., open to the public.
24, City Hall, Chalons Champagne, France. Commemoration and tribute to the 100th anniversary of the selection of the Unknown Soldier of World War I by Sgt. Edward Younger, while honoring our allies and the citizens of France who embraced him as theirs. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. with speeches, followed by a parade in front of a war memorial and ends with a wreath ceremony. Open to the public.
24, Williamsville, New York Dedication of a garden to never forget at Amherst State Park, 390 Mill St., 2 p.m.
24-25, Newcastle, Ind. “A CALL TO HONOR: Replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” is on display for the public to visit and ask questions. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on October 24 and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on October 25.
25, Le Havre, France. Ceremony of the 100th anniversary of the departure of the Unknown Soldier of World War I from Le Havre to the United States in 1921 and the USS from Olympia mission to bring him home. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m., open to the public.
25, USS Olympia (C-6), Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia. Ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the departure of the Unknown Soldier of World War I from Le Havre, France, for the United States in 1921.
25, Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Crowning ceremony at 9:30 am, followed by an educational walking tour by ABMC, focusing on the associated battlefield and the selection process of unknown WWII candidate soldiers in 1958. RSVP required for [email protected]. abmc.gov/normandy
26, Arc de Triomphe, Paris. Members of the Société de la Garde d’Honneur, Tombe du Soldat inconnu will honor and pay homage to the French Unknown Soldier, standing with French and American veterans, at 5.30 p.m. RSVP required for participation in ceremony at [email protected]; open to the public for consultation.
26, Paris. Gala for the centenary of the Unknown Soldier at the Military School. Join the Honor Guard Society and our other guests from the United States who made their first pilgrimage to France for the centenary of the Unknown Soldier. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Dinner tickets are available here.
1-30, Tyler, Texas. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 100th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibit, Robert R. Muntz Library, 3900 University Blvd. uttyler.edu/library
1 online. Virtual presentation by the president of the company on the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from 1921 to the present day. The event is open to the public, hosted by the Somerset County Library System in New Jersey. sclsnj.org
4, Bullard, Texas. Story time and crafts at the Bullard Community Library with Rena French reading “Arlington, Our Nation’s Graveyard History”. Bullard Community Library, 211 W. Main St., 10:30 a.m. bullardlibrary.org/calendar.html
7, Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, Tanner Amphitheater. “Taps in honored gloryCommemorates the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the bugles that have taped there over the past century, starting at 10:00 am, with wreathing ceremonies and a reception at the Women in Service Memorial. A snack at 11:30 a.m. will be offered at the Women’s Memorial, as well as tours and remarks by Gavin McIlvenna, President of the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
8-10, Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia. Centennial Week begins with exhibits, multimedia presentations and lectures leading up to the 100th anniversary of the burial of the unknown soldier of World War I. Lectures by authors who have written on unknown soldiers, as well as a lecture on the history of taps and the use of bugles in funerals; a joint naval symposium on the contributions of our nation’s naval forces; and a “Voices from the Tomb” presentation with a question-and-answer session. tombguard.org
9, Arlington National Cemetery. Members of the public invited to lay a flower at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as the nation begins to officially commemorate the centenary, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
9, National Maritime Museum, Washington, DC A 12:30 p.m. seminar at the historic Naval Gun Factory (Navy Yard) commemorates the arrival of the Unknown Soldier in the United States. A ceremony at 3 p.m. will dedicate a centennial plaque at the Navy Yard.
9, USS Olympia (C-6), Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia. Commemoration, like that of the Navy Yard, to honor the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Unknown Soldier of the First World War in the United States.
10, Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. The public will once again be allowed inside the chains to lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
11, nationwide, 11 a.m. local time. Communities are invited to participate in the national salvation to remember all those who have served and sacrificed for this nation. tombguard.org/centennial/projects#national-salute
11, Indianapolis. The Cornelia Cole Fairbanks Chapter, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and the American Legion Post 3 plan a national salute ceremony using a choir of bells to simultaneously ring a chromatic chord 21 times, “great silence” for two. minutes and taps. Place to be determined, 11 a.m.
11, Valdosta, Georgia. Dedication of a garden to never forget at the croissant.
11, Tyler, Texas. Veterans Day program and national salute at Camp V, 3212 W. Front St., 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
11, Shreveport, Louisiana, American Rose Center. Veterans Day Program and National Salute at 10 a.m. hosted by the American Rose Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Barksdale Air Force Base, Foreign War Veterans, Bossier High School Band, Bossier High School Junior ROTC, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Louisiana Garden Club Federation and Octavia.
11, East Helena, Mont., Cemetery. Dedication of a garden to never forget at 10 a.m.
12, Shreveport, Louisiana. LSU-Shreveport will host a one-day symposium titled “Unknown: A Centennial Symposium in partnership with Louisiana State University ShreveportWhich includes sessions on the Medal of Honor and the Unknown Soldier, with authors Steven Trout, Philip Bigler, Andrew Richards and Lisa Budreau, 9 am to 4 pm