On March 4, 1921, the U.S. Congress approved the burial of an unknown soldier in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheatre at Arlington Cemetery. On Armistice Day, November 11, 1921, 100 years ago, an unknown American soldier who had fallen somewhere on a World War I battlefield arrived at the nation’s capital from a military cemetery in France.
As the soldier was lowered to his final resting place with highest military honors, a two-inch layer of soil brought from France was placed below his coffin so that he might rest forever atop the earth on which he died. On the west panel of the superstructure, completed in 1932, is inscribed “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”
The Doylestown Agricultural works, beginning in 1867, produced metal farming implements for farmers throughout the United States and abroad. The firm also produced specialty metal work, including bronze gates for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va. (Manufacturing operations ceased in 1937; in 1979 the site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places; and in 1986 the buildings were restored and renovated for offices, shops, and restaurant space.)