THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER


The Procedure: 

Many nations honour the tradition of a tomb that contains the remains of an unidentified soldier.  Although this idea pre-dates World War I, it is no doubt associated with that war beyond all others.

Here are some questions to consider as you follow through on your research:

What is the history of the origin of the tomb or tombs?

What is the design of the tomb and what is the story behind this design?  How does it fit in with other buildings or other monuments located nearby?

How was the body selected?

What was the nature of the inaugural ceremony and what rituals have been held at the tomb since?  Have there been changes here over the decades and, if so, what is the significance of these changes?

How has the tomb intersected with the military history of the nation in question?  Have bodies been added or removed from the tomb?  How have successive wars been integrated into the meaning of the memorial?

To what extent has the tomb become a site not only of national but also of international memory?

What controversies have been associated with the tomb?  Has it been the site of any political protests?

How would you compare and contrast this tomb with those of other nations?

What are the larger meanings of the tradition of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?


Some Resources

General

Australia

Belgium

Britain

Canada

Egypt

France

Germany

Greece

India

Iraq

Italy

New Zealand

Poland

Romania

Russia

Syria  

Ukraine

United States

Zimbabwe

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

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