In 2021 we commemorate The Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknowns. The Centennial not only is a celebration to remember the burial of the World War I Unknown Soldier, but an opportunity to reflect on what the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier means to America. In three instances since 1921, the remains of unknown servicemen have been interred to the west of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in individual crypts, with the remains of the Vietnam Unknown Soldier removed after modern science identified the serviceman. This crypt remains empty, but a marker was placed honoring all those still missing in action (MIA/POW).

TapsForVeterans is honored to be participating with the Society of the Honor Guard – Tomb of the Unknowns in 2021. A special ceremony commemorating the Centennial of Taps at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is being planned for Sunday November 7, 2021 in the Tanner Amphitheater (Old Amphitheater) at Arlington National Cemetery.

Read more about the event and register to attend (registration opens in September, 2021).

TAPS FOR VETERANS is sponsoring TAPS IN HONORED GLORY to commemorate the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the buglers who have sounded Taps there over the past century. Taps For Veterans is working with Arlington National Cemetery, The United States Army Band, Military District of Washington and The Society of the Honor Guard Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate the Centennial.

The event will include a ceremony at 1000 and a wreath laying at the Tomb at 1315. This program is coordinated by Mr. Jari Villanueva, USAF (retired) and TAPS FOR VETERANS.

The event is open to the general public.

Important Information

  • All participating buglers must register for the event. (Information TBA).
  • The ceremonial events (beginning at 1000) are no cost and open to the general public.
  • There will be a cost to attend the reception (more information will be provided when registration opens)


1000-1100 Ceremony at the Tanner Amphitheater, Arlington National Cemetery

1200-1300 Wreaths at the graves of Frank Witchey, George Myers and Patrick Mastroleo, Edward Younger and John Pershing. Witchey, Myers and Mastroleo are the buglers who sounded Taps for the Unknown in 1921, 1958 and 1984 respectively. A wreath will be presented at each grave and Taps will be sounded by a Bugler from the US Army Band. The graves are located in Sections 18, 19 and 34.

1315 Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1400-1600 Reception (food by Mission BBQ) at the Woman’s Memorial (You must be registered to attend)

You can support TAPS IN HONORED GLORY by purchasing a commemorative challenge coin.

Coins are $21.00 plus $5 shipping to US and are numbered.

We also have patches for TAPS IN HONORED GLORY.

Patches are $10.00 with free shipping. US addresses only.

NOTE – if you plan on participating on November 7 at Arlington National Cemetery, you will receive one patch as a token of our appreciation. Learn more here.

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