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The Republic of China gifted this iconic statue to America's World war I Unknown. It accompanied the Unknown as he lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda and during his funeral service in the Memorial Amphitheater on November 11, 1921.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), a famous American sculptor, designed the statue as part of the William Tecumseh Sherman monument, dedicated on May 30, 1903 in New York City. This version was created from a smaller mold than the life size example in New York.
ARLUNV_171225_021.JPG: To the undying memory of all who served god and country in the world war
ARLUNV_171225_025.JPG: The Arlington Estate
ARLUNV_171225_029.JPG: The Arlington Estate
ARLUNV_171225_032.JPG: U.S. General Irvin McDowell (center, facing left) and staff pose under the portico of Arlington House in 1861. An old friend of the Lees, McDowell slept in a tent outdoors while Arlington House was his headquarters.
ARLUNV_171225_035.JPG: George Washington Parke Custis (1781-1857), the builder of Arlington House, was the grandson of Martha (Dandridge) Custis, whose second husband was George Washington.
ARLUNV_171225_042.JPG: Mary (Custis) Lee (1809-1873), daughter of George Washington Parke Custis, lived at Arlington from birth until 1861. She visited in 1873, wanting to see her house once more before her death. She was unable to leave her carriage and died later that year.
ARLUNV_171225_044.JPG: Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) married Mary Custis at Arlington House in 1831. He had a distinguished career as an engineer in the U.S. Army. As executor of George Washington Parke Custis' will, Lee returned to Arlington in 1861, resigned his commission and later assumed command of Virginia's forces.
ARLUNV_171225_048.JPG: The United States of America's Unknown Warrior
The parchment roll on which is inscribed the names of British sympathisers throughout the world is contained on this piece of oak taken from one of Britain's oldest wooden Battleships.
ARLUNV_171225_054.JPG: Our British allies presented this Victoria Cross and plaque in honor of America's World War I Unknown Soldier.
ARLUNV_171225_058.JPG: British Victoria Cross
ARLUNV_171225_079.JPG: United States Purple Heart
French Legion d'Honneur
Belgium Croix de Guerre
ARLUNV_171225_104.JPG: It is a tremendous honour to lay a wreath in this beautiful and historic site. And particularly touching to visit the Canadian cross of sacrifice. Merci.
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