The casket containing the first American Unknown Soldier is viewed in France and carried through Paris and LeHavre.
France Date:1921 Duration:6 min 2 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Ceremonies attending the burial of the unknown and unidentified American soldier after World War I in France. France honors the Unknown U.S. Hero before the body is transported to America for burial at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony marks the selection of the Unknown Soldier to be taken to the Untied States for burial. French citizens in Chalons France pay final homage to the body of the American lying in state at the City Hall in Paris, France. French men, women, and children wait in line and then file through to pay last respects. A banner on the road honors the American Hero. French soldiers stand by the large crowd of mourners outside the City Hall. People emerge from the Hall and more inside the Hall. View of the coffin with the simple offering of white roses to indicate that this would be the body sent back to the U.S. to represent all of his Unknown Soldier brothers. United States and French soldiers around the coffin. Close-up view of U.S. Army Sergeant Edward F Younger, who fought in all the American offensives and who had the honor of selecting the body from among four identical coffins on October 24, 1921, at the City Hall in Chalons-en-Champagne, France. A car arrives. French and American Generals emerge and greet the waiting officials. General Allen with a French General near the coffin. Allen pays tribute to the Unknown Soldier. The Generals and officers salute as the coffin is taken out of the City Hall and laid in a caisson. Marching troops lead the procession. The casket is brought to Le Havre where French citizens turn out in respectful tribute. Soldiers carry the casket past railway carriages followed by military officers and government officials. A large crowd on the streets watches the procession. The horse drawn caisson moves through people gathered on either side.
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