A little posting about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
In 1921 four unknown US servicemen who had died in battle during WWI, were exhumed from four different American cemeteries,
Aisne-Marne, Meuse-Argonne, Somme and St. Mihiel, in France. U.S. Army Sergeant, and Distinguished Service Cross recipient, Edward F.Younger
was chosen for the honor of selecting the body. Four caskets were brought to city hall in Châlons-en-Champagne, France and Mr. Younger placed a spray of white roses on the third casket
from the left and the casket was taken with full military honors to a pier in Le Havre where Admiral George Dewey
's flagship, the cruiser Olympia, was waiting.
As she left the harbor, she was given a seventeen gun salute by a French destroyer.
Upon reaching America, the casket was taken to the US Capitol's rotunda
where it lay in state, viewed by thousands. At 8.30a 11 November 1921, the casket was removed from the rotunda and transferred under military escort
to the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery. President Warren G. Harding
officiated at the interment ceremonies where he
bestowed to the Unknown Soldier, the Distinguished Service Cross and the
Congressional Medal of Honor. Other representatives from foreign nations
then in turn each conferred upon the Unknown Soldier, the highest military decoration of their nation. The ceremony was ended with
three salvos of artillery and the sounding of taps. The tomb today holds the remains of
service members from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The only inscription on
the Tomb reads, "Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God"