Lecture presented by Philip Bigler
November 11, 2021
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On November 11, 1921, the United States buried an Unknown Soldier on the plaza of the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. For 100 years, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has served as the nation’s most sacred and recognized military shrine—a place of national pilgrimage and somber reflection. Over the ensuing years, this magnificent monument has been enhanced and expanded with the addition of unknowns from World War II and Korea (1958) as well as a Vietnam Unknown (1984). At the site, a perpetual military guard is rigorously maintained regardless of weather conditions, terrorist attack, or even a global pandemic.
Philip Bigler, author of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: A Century of Honor, 1921-2021, is a former Arlington National Cemetery Historian and the 1998 National Teacher of the Year. He will be signing books following the lecture.
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