Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Arlington Cemetery
Tom Sherlock, Historian at Arlington National Cemetery
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Arlington National Cemetery http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/
There are 146 National Cemeteries in the United States. 130 are maintained by the National Cemetery Administration of the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs. During my interview of Katie Lowhon, Gettysburg National Military Park communications director, I learned that 14 US National Cemeteries like the one at Gettysburg are maintained by the National Park Service and the Dept of the Army maintains the other two. But the best known National Cemetery is Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C..
During this episode Bruce Oliver will be talking with Tom Sherlock the second historian to serve at Arlington National Cemetery. Since 1975 Tom has helped to archive the history of the cemetery that is visited by millions each year. You will hear about his 30 plus year time at Arlington, we’ll talk about the “Changing of the Guard” at Arlington where an elite group of members of the military have guarded the graves of unknown soldiers from three wars, 24/7 since 1932. The Memorial Day dedication is one of the most significant events that take place every year when over 300,000 American Flags are place on the graves for several days. On Memorial Day, the President of the United States, members of Congress and others honor the fallen with the placement of wreathes on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.
You will hear Tom Sherlock’s Answers to the following questions:
- Is Arlington the first US National Cemetery?
- When did Arlington become a national cemetery? Who is buried there?
- When did the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier get dedicated?
- What makes Arlington different from other National Cemeteries?
- What do the guards do at the tomb?
- How is someone chosen to be part of the detail?
American Battle Monuments Commission http://abmc.gov/index.php
“Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces. ABMC manages 24 overseas military cemeteries, and 25 memorials, monuments, and markers. Nearly all the cemeteries and memorials specifically honor those who served in World War I or World War II.
The sacrifice of more than 218,000 U.S. servicemen and women is memorialized at these locations. Nearly 125,000 American war dead are buried at ABMC cemeteries, with an additional 94,000 individuals commemorated on Tablets of the Missing. ”
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