Known Only to God

02It was 98 years ago when the first of four soldiers was laid to rest in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. I have watched the changing of the guard at Arlington. You should if you ever get the chance.

If you are not affected, you should have your pulse checked.It is a sad comment on our world that American soldiers are still fighting and dying in places like Afghanistan and Syria. Fortunately, no GIs were lost in the raid that took out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but few weeks slip by without an announcement of the death of a serviceman or woman.

Thankfully, modern technology can identify virtually all of the bodies, but that was not the case almost a century ago. On Memorial Day, 1921, an Unknown was exhumed from each of four cemeteries in France.

The remains were placed in identical caskets and assembled at Chalon sur Marne. Army Sergeant Edward F. Younger, wounded in combat and highly decorated for valor, selected the unknown soldier for World War I by placing a spray of white roses on one of the caskets.

Those remaining were interred in the Meuse Argonne Cemetery, France.On November 11, 1921, President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.The War to End All Wars, was not the last war for our country, however… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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