DAR to sponsor visiting Tomb of the Unknown Soldier replica

In celebration of the 100 year history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery, the Sioux Lookout Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has arranged to have a traveling replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to visit North Platte on July 31 and August 1.

In celebration of the 100 year history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery, the Sioux Lookout Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has arranged to have a traveling replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to visit North Platte on July 31 and August 1.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday July 31 with a funeral procession of a horse drawn wagon carrying a flag-draped casket traveling from the 20th Century Veterans Memorial to the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park, where it will be placed in repose adjacent to the replica Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The replica tomb will remain on display in the paddock east of the Buffalo Bill barn Saturday July 31, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday August 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Following the arrival of the funeral procession at the exhibit site, estimated to be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday July 31, the Sioux Lookout Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a formal Military wreath laying ceremony at the replica tomb. Throughout the exhibit, every hour on the hour, there will be opportunities for local organizations to participate in wreath-laying ceremonies. Individuals are welcome to lay memorial flowers at the tomb during their visit.

Visitors will enter through the south doors of the Buffalo Bill barn and process through the east doors into the paddock where the replica tomb will be placed. In the barn will be educational exhibits outlining the 100-year history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Visitors are encouraged to line the route of the horse drawn funeral procession, which will be Highway 83 to 4th street, 4th street to Willow, Willow to Rodeo Road, Rodeo Road to Buffalo Bill Ave., and Buffalo Bill Ave. to Scouts Rest Ranch. Visitors may also opt to arrive at the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park to await the arrival of the procession, estimated to be 10:00 a.m. to experience the formal wreath-laying ceremony.

Throughout the weekend, there will be food trucks, vendor tents and educational displays on the grounds of the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park. Admission to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier exhibit is free, but park passes are required for all vehicles parking on the grounds of the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park. Overflow parking with free shuttles will be available on the NEBRASKAland DAYS property to the south.

If you plan on using public transportation to attend this event the city will REQUIRE reservations for rides to be made in advance. Please call 308-532-1370 if you are interested.

“Most Americans will never have the opportunity to visit the monument in Arlington,” said Michelle Lupomech, Event and Venue Manager for the Sioux Lookout DAR Chapter for the event. “This traveling exhibit will allow local residents to get a feel for the monument of America’s most sacred ground.”

The replica Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is the only replica authorized and recognized by the Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment of the Army, the “Old Guard”, which guards the tomb. It is a half scale model, measuring 20’ wide and 30’ in length. This exhibit includes the big Tomb for the World War I Unknown Soldier, the three crypt covers for the Crypts of the Unknown Soldier from World War II, Korea, and the now empty Vietnam crypt. It also consists of all of the service flags, including the POW/MIA flag, and five of the most historical American flags from our history. The exhibit will be backed by an 8’ x 8’ backdrop showing the most eastern view of Arlington National Cemetery looking toward Washington, D.C. The entire exhibit is surrounded by six black stanchions with black plastic chain.