ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY USA
Remembrance Day is on Saturday 11th November 2017 when we remember all those who have given their lives for others.
The Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery in the USA is the official site for all ceremonies which honour all American service personnel who have died for their country.
The idea of a Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery was suggested by Judge Ivory G Kimball and was eventually built in 1915. It is made from Danby marble which was quarried in Vermont and The Memorial Display Room has been constructed from Botticino marble imported from Italy.
The Memorial Display room can be found between The Amphitheater and The Tomb of The Unknown Solider and there is a small chapel below the amphitheater.
THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLIDER
The Tomb of The Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery is a white marble sarcophagus with three greek figures sculpted into the east panel. They represent Peace, Victory and Valor. There are six marble wreaths which have been made on each side representing the six major campaigns of World War 1 and on the back of the tomb are the words:
“Here rests in honored glory an American Solider known but to God.”
In 1921, four unknown soliders’ were exhumed from four World War 1 American cemeteries in France. Edward F Younger, a US Army Sargent, selected The Unknown Solider for World War 1 from four identical caskets. The chosen solider was then transported to the Arlington National Cemetery while the remaining caskets were interred in the Meuse Argonne Cemetery in France.
There are other unknown soliders’ graves at Arlington who represent those who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
THE MARBLE SCULPTURE ‘FRANCE 1914’ BY SIMON BURNS-COX
Here in the UK, on Remembrance Day, why not pay a visit to The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow where you will find the marble sculpture ‘FRANCE 1914’ by Simon Burns-Cox. This sculpture was created to commemorate the ending of The First World War in aid of Poppyscotland. The sculpture represents the last remaining tree on the battlefront but a symbol of hope. At the end of the three year exhibition, the sculpture will be auctioned in aid of the charity. Early expressions of interest should be made to Poppyscotland or Simon Burns-Cox at www.simonburnscox.co.uk.