Funeral for the World War II and Korean War Unknowns – May 30, 1958

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Sixty Years Ago

On May 30, 1958, the World War II and Korean War Unknowns were laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. This unique double State Funeral. At 1 PM, the body bearers began transferring their remains out of the Capitol Rotunda to the Caissons awaiting them for transport. The side-by-side Caissons, along with the processional escort, would solemnly take them to the amphitheater for their funeral service, and then to the plaza for their interment.

See photos of the entire Washington, DC portion of the funeral here:

A full narrative of the ceremony can be read here:

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