Tag: Tombs and Tombstones

Josephine Baker Interred in French Panthéon

PARIS — Josephine Baker, born in Missouri and beloved of France, whose life spanned French music-hall stardom and American civil rights activism, became the first Black woman to be laid to rest in the Panthéon, the nation’s hallowed tomb of heroes. On a gray afternoon, 46 years after her death in Paris, soldiers from the […]

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Tomb of the Unknowns Welcomes the Public for First Time in 73 Years

In 1921, a sergeant walked into a small, dark chapel in Châlons-sur-Marne in eastern France, not far from where French and English troops had pushed back against advancing Germans a few years before. Clutching a bouquet of red and white roses, the sergeant, Edward F. Younger of Chicago, 23, circled four caskets that held the […]

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Guantánamo Bay Cemetery Offers a View of the Base’s History

GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — At first glance, the graveyard down a road behind a locked gate on this remote U.S. Navy base looks like a miniature version of Arlington National Cemetery. But these marble headstones tell an entirely different story. Babies born to Haitian refugees and to American sailors rest here. So do Greek and […]

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Hallowed Changing of the Guard Gets an All-Female Cast at Arlington

It was the final changing of the guard for Sgt. First Class Chelsea Porterfield. She was completing 20 months of service as the first female Sergeant of the Guard, running the day-to-day operations of the unit that for 84 years has stood watch over the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Early on […]

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