U.S. President John Calvin Coolidge attends Memorial Day services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The President speaks at the podium. Mrs. Coolidge, U.S. Secretary of War Dwight Filley Davis and U.S. Secretary of the Navy Curtis Dwight Wilbur also at the ceremony. They all walk down a flight of stairs and approach the Tomb of the Unknown. The President lays flowers, takes off his hat and crosses his heart. He puts on his hat and moves away. Mrs. Coolidge come forward to pay respects.
U.S. President Calvin Coolidge attends Memorial Day services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The President and his party walk down a flight of stairs. Soldiers with guns stand at attention. Flowers are laid by the President at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. President Coolidge, U.S. Secretary of War Dwight Filley Davis, and U.S. Secretary of the Navy Curtis Dwight Wilbur stand near the tomb. They put on their hats and move away.
A DC-3 lands at Washington-Hoover airport, precursor to Washington National Airport. Lee Mansion and the grounds of Arlington Cemetery are visible in the background. Shadow of blimp airship over landscape of Northern Virginia. Aerial view of the United States Capitol Building, D.C. downtown, Union Station and 14th Street Bridge as seen from a blimp. Point of view shots inside blimp cockpit, looking out and down on Washington DC landmarks. Aerial view from blimp of the Highway Bridge swing-span through-truss bridge, roughly in the 14th Street Bridge area (The "Highway Bridge" no longer exists). Aerial view from blimp of Arlington Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington Cemetery. View inside Arlington Memorial Amphitheater. A guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.
Views of the 1926 Schneider Cup seaplane races at Hampton Roads, near Norfolk, Virginia. An Italian Macchi M.39 racer with number "3" on fuselage, taxis in the water and takes off. Another Italian Macchi M.39, carrying the number "5" takes off. Ground crew moves a U.S. Curtiss R3C-2 racer (carrying the number "4") into the water. Next, it is seen taking off and flying fairly high to start the course. The winning entry, an Italian Macchi M.39, that averaged 246.5 mph, lands on the water and taxis to the shore. It carrys the number "5" on its fuselage. Victorious pilot, Major Mario de 'Bernardi, stands in the cockpit. He is picked up and carried on the shoulders of his cheering compatriots.
View of a statue of American General Ulysses S Grant. Scene changes to show the former estate home of General Robert E Lee (Arlington House, or the Custis-Lee Mansion, and later the Robert E. Lee Memorial) seen on a hill in Arlington National Cemetery, with grave markers nearby. A view of many graves on a sloping hillside of the cemetery. Flowers adorn an area inside the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater at the cemetery. A small group of visitors stands near the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier at Arlington. View of the Washington monument faintly in the distance, and the Potomac River in the distance. Flowers placed at the tomb.
The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial original statue during its unveiling ceremony at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia on November 10, 1951 (This is after the statue had been moved from its original Constitution Avenue location in Washington DC in 1947, and subsequently renovated under sculptor de Weldon's supervision while it was in Quantico.). A sign on the memorial reads "Uncommon valor was a common virtue, 1945." Next scenes show sculptor Felix de Weldon as he works to build the larger Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, which was dedicated in November 1954. Felix de Weldon measuring a model of the flag raising on Iwo Jima made by him. de Weldon and others on his team work to carve the large war memorial in plaster before it is cast in bronze. Views of the sculpted faces of the six Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima: Faces of John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block and Michael Strank. Brief glimpse of the original flag raising scene on Mount Suribachi in February 1945. Next scene, circa 1954 or 1955, shows the completed Marine Corps War Memorial in bronze, in Arlington Virginia, with Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial landmarks of Washington DC in the background. Close-up views of faces of a young boy, an elderly woman, and a middle aged man who removes his hat. American flag fluttering in the breeze atop the war memorial.