Replica of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier coming to Salem


A traveling replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will be at the Salem Armory, 1100 N. Shelby St., from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 18, 19 and 20.

The display also will feature service flags, including the POW/MIA flag and five of the most historical American flags.

The replica weighs more than 400 pounds and is a scale model of the original located in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. It is owned and managed by the Americanism committee of the Exchange Club of Rome, Georgia, and built by Phillip Burkhalter Builders, also of Rome. The replica, constructed of pine, composite materials, carbon-fiber sheets for added strength and an aluminum framing, has retractable wheels for ease of movement.

All of the artwork was carved by hand with a Dremel and was painted to resemble the marble of the original one in Arlington.

The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by the Christopher Harrison chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in Salem.

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