The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’s Centenary was marked on Veterans Day with a unique ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery designed to model the original internment 100 years ago and included a performance by President Joe Biden.
Biden called it the greatest honor of being president to stand in front of so many Medal of Honor recipients after laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier.
“Our veterans represent the best of America. You are the very backbone of America,” Biden told a crowd at Arlington National Cemetery. “On Veterans Day and every day we honor the great debt, committing ourselves again to fulfilling our sacred obligation as a nation.”
Biden said the country’s ultimate sacred obligation is to take care of service members and their families.
The bite’s visit came a century to the day after the remains of an unidentified American official who died in France during World War I were buried during a ceremony led by President Warren G. Harding.
Groups of military members, some wearing World War I, World War II and Korean War uniforms, marched through Arlington National Cemetery while military orchestras played.
The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, Arlington National Cemetery’s famous Old Guard, had military members dressed and in formations seen in these earlier wars. It created a bond to the three conflicts that took the lives of the three servants buried at the tomb of the unknown soldier.
Military members from nine counties attending the 1921 ceremony attended, Arlington National Cemetery said.
US Marine Corps Ceremonial and Guard Company, US Air Force Honor Guard, US Navy Honor Guard, US Army Band and US Coast Guard Honor Guard also attended.
The grave represents all U.S. military members who lost their lives and whose names remain unknown.
Over the last two days, a flower ceremony brought long lines of people to lay flowers at the grave. It was the first time members of the public were welcomed to the Tomb of the Unknown Plaza in almost 100 years.
Photos: The tomb of the unknown soldier opens the square to the public for historic flower ceremony
The full procession of honor and flyover took place under sunny skies, and many trees in the cemetery were filled with autumn gold and orange leaves.
The public was invited to stand along the procession route in the cemetery at. 8.45. A wreath laying at 11.00 is by invitation only.