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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Unknown Soldier

Interment LocationVisited 
Arlington, VAJuly 2003 

Fast Facts

Selection: October 24, 1921 in Châlons-sur-Marne, Marne, France

Selected By: Edward F. Younger

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

"Some mother gave him in her love and tenderness, and with him her most cherished hopes. Hundreds of mothers are wondering today, finding a touch of solace in the possibility that the nation bows in grief over the body of one she bore to live and die, if need be, for the Republic. If we give rein to fancy, a score of sympathetic chords are touched, for in this body there once glowed the soul of an American, with the aspirations and ambitions of a citizen who cherished life and its opportunities. He may have been a native or an adopted son; that matters little, because they glorified the same loyalty, they sacrificed alike."
- Warren G. Harding
November 11, 1921 at the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia

Sources Consulted and Further Reading

Harding, Warren G. “Address at the Burial of an Unknown American Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.” November 11, 1921. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/329274.

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