Thirty years ago the Unknown Service Member of the Vietnam Era was interred in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
Members of the Marine Corps honor guard attend the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era aboard the USS BREWTON (FF 1086). The frigate is en route and transported to Naval Air Station Alameda, California, at the conclusion of the designation and departure ceremony for the Unknown. Members of the ship’s crew stand at parade rest in the background, 05/17/1984
A joint services casket team places the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era aboard a C-141B Starlifter aircraft for a flight to Washington, District of Columbia. The Unknown will lie in state in the Capitol building until Memorial Day, when he will be interred at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, 05/25/1984
The flag-draped casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era, secured in the rear of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft, is ready for the flight to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Once at Andrews, the Unknown will be taken to the Capitol, where he will lie in state prior to internment at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, 05/24/1984
A joint services casket team removes the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era from a hearse parked outside the east entrance of the Capitol. The casket will be carried past the color guard and joint services honor condon lining the steps of the Capitol and placed in the rotunda, where the Unknown will lie in state until Memorial Day, 05/25/1984
A joint services honor guard surrounds the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era during the arrival ceremony in the Capitol rotunda. President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, VIPs, Vietnam veterans and other guests are attending the ceremony. The Unknown will lie in state in the rotunda until Memorial Day, 05/25/1984
President Ronald Reagan, center, bows his head as a prayer is said during arrival ceremonies for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era at the Capitol rotunda. The Unknown will lie in state until Memorial Day when interment will take place at Arlington Cemetery in the Tomb of the Unknowns, 05/25/1984
A 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) caisson waits on the east plaza of the Capitol during the formation of the funeral procession for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. A joint services casket team carries the casket of the Unknown past a joint services honor cordon lining the steps of the Capitol, 05/28/1984
The state funeral procession for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era arrives at Arlington National Cemetery. The Lincoln Memorial is visible in the background, 05/28/1984
President Reagan Presenting Congressional Medal of Honor to Vietnam Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, 05/28/1984
The casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era rests on a bier at the Tomb of the Unknowns at the conclusion of the burial service at Arlington National Cemetery. The Vietnam Unknown will be interred between the Unknowns of the Korean War and World War II, 05/28/1984
Remembering the sacrifices of the known and unknown on Memorial Day.
*DNA testing later identified the remains as those of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie, who was shot down near An Loc, Vietnam, in 1972. It has been decided that the crypt that contained the remains of the Vietnam Unknown will remain vacant.
On May 11, 1950, Congress issued a joint resolution requesting that the President proclaim a “Prayer for Peace” on each Memorial Day. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a federal holiday to be held on the last Monday of every May.
The commemoration of fallen soldiers was originally called Decoration Day – a time to honor Civil War graves with flowers. The first Decoration Day was observed on May 30, 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War.
Over time, people adopted the name Memorial Day, and ceremonies were held across the country to honor all U.S. soldiers who had died at war.
This Memorial Day weekend, we honor the men and women who have served our country.
George W. Bush stands with U.S. Army Major General Guy Swan for a moment of silence during the Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknowns. 5/29/06.
Harry S. Truman laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for Memorial Day ceremonies. 5/30/48.
Ronald Reagan attending a Memorial Day ceremony honoring the Vietnam Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. 5/28/84.
Dwight D. Eisenhower participates in the ceremonies for the internment of the Unknowns of World War II and Korea. Arlington National Cemetery. 5/30/58.
A bugler plays during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery attended by John F. Kennedy. 5/30/63.
The most angering part of this Ottawa shooting situation to me is not that parliament was attacked.
If you have heard the reports, one soldier was shot while on guard duty. Now, they were not a normal guard person assigned to guard Parliament, but had a very special job. They were guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier, which has a guard posted 24 hours a day.
The tomb unknown soldier is used all of the world as a symbol of those soldiers who died in battle that we could not recover or find. It is a solemn testament to the atrocity that war is and those we can never save.
In shooting the guard who stands day and night in protection of that site, the gunman has dishonored not only my country, but also the people who stood to defend me before I was even in existence. They dishonour the countless people that we don’t even have names for.
I’m not scared; I’m angry, and I’m offended.
Undeterred by stormy weather, the Tomb Sentinels of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) continue to hold vigil over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Oct. 2, 2015.
Arlington National Cemetery is closed as a blizzard bears down on the Washington, DC, area Friday, but, “The Tomb Guards maintain a constant vigil at the Tomb, and in the most adverse conditions, they are undeterred from their mission,” the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment ‘Old Guard’ says.
The construction of the Arc de Triomphe was ordered in 1806 by the French Emperor Napoleon. It was built to honour the French army, then known as the Grande Armee, who had conquered much of Europe and were considered invincible. The names of 128 battles are inscribed on the white walls of the Arc, along with the Generals who took part in them.
Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, accompanied by an eternal flame, which burns in memory of all soldiers who have never been identified.
the events of today have truly saddened me. My city has fallen victim to what appears to be a home grown terrorist attack. A soldier who was protecting the tomb of the unknown soldier has been killed. One of the despicable shooters who entered the canadian parliament armed with a rifle has been killed by a Canadian Minister.There are fears of others on the loose. My city is under total lock down and is griped by fear. My prayers go out to the family of the soldier and to all those people in downtown.
This is an Evzone, an elite Greek presidential guard, and this photograph was taken during a riot. So, what, he’s crying to see what’s become of his country? Nope! The Evzones are, in part, responsible for maintaining vigil over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Their duties are largely ceremonial, much like the famous Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace. In short, they are not to react to external stimuli unless it threatens the tomb, and they are not to be moved from their post under any circumstance. Even under penalty of chemical attack. That’s important, see, because this particular Evzone is standing, absolutely immobile, inside a giant cloud of tear gas.
Soldiers, paramedics, police, and ordinary people on the Highway of Heroes, waiting to pay their respect for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was killed in a terrorist attack this Wednesday while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument to peace in Ottawa.
None of these pictures are mine. Today while commuting I got out and say the convoy pass, along with hundreds of others, but didn’t think to take a picture. Though I know Cpl. Cirillo’s body was being returened to Hamilton today, it didn’t even occur to me that I would see the convoy. But, despite how heartbreaking it was, I’m glad I did.
You can say what you want about the politics, this is a beautiful way to show fallen soldiers, their families, and the country, that their service is appreciated, and though we all wish they did not die, we want to honour them in death as they make their final journey, on the Highway of Heroes.