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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Eternal Light for WW1 Soldiers

Arlington National Cemetery
On June 15, 1864 Arlington National Cemetery was established by Brig. General Montgomery C. Meigs, who commanded the garrison at Arlington House. One of the first monuments to the slain Union soldiers erected under Brig. General Meigs' orders was a stone and masonry burial vault in the rose garden, 20 feet wide and 10 feet deep, contained  the remains of 1,800 Bull Run casualties. Meigs himself was later buried within 100 yards of Arlington House with his wife, father and son. Read more about the history of Arlington National Cemetery.

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Madison Square Park
Photograph by Malcolm Pinckney, May 3, 2005
Sixty years after Arlington Cemetery was established, on June 4, 1924, an eternal light was dedicated at Madison Square Park in New York City in memory of all New York soldiers who died in World War I. (See photo below.) The massive ornamental pedestal is made of Milford pink granite.  Each side is inscribed with dedicatory tributes to those who served their country in World War I, and lists the names of significant battle sites.


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