Saturday, June 11, 2022

 French Cemeteries,


Battlefields, and the Tomb


of the Unknown Soldier


Tour Retrospective   




Presented by Mark Furlan


March Field Air Museum – Saturday, June 11, 2022 1:00pm 



On Saturday June 11, 2022, at 1:00 PM at the March Field Air Museum, former Riverside resident and Vietnam Veteran Mark Furlan will present a one-hour talk about his experiences during his October 2021 tour of World War One cemeteries, battlefields, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Mark had the honor of being invited to coordinate a Centennial Pilgrimage to France in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Mark will share details, photos, and his reflections on being part of this extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime journey.


During the tour, Mark escorted 42 people, led by the president of the Society of the Honor Guard – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, joined by 17 current and former Tomb Guards from the 3rd U.S. Infantry “The Old Guard”, five board members of the American Gold Star Mothers, and the President General of the Daughters of the America Revolution.

Mark’s talk will include details on the 1921 selection of the U.S. unknown soldier, and the steps taken for transporting the remains back to America for burial as well as the groups visit to the French town of Chalons-En-Champagne where they attended ceremonies and memorials commemorating the selection of the unknown soldier. In addition, the talk will include details of the groups stop at The Palace of Versailles, American Legion Post # 1 in Paris, and their attendance at a special ceremony with the French Government at the Arc de Triumph, France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


On Veterans Day Nov. 11th, 2021, the group gathered in Washington DC for the culmination of their journey as America celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 




The Inland Empire Aviation Roundtable is sponsored by the March Field Air Museum, and is dedicated to the local aviation and aerospace community. Monthly meetings are open to the public, with subjects of interest to the air-minded public presented including aviation and aerospace history, both civil and military, as well as new developments in these fields. Parking and admission are free for this event.


The March Field Air Museum is located in Riverside, California, at 22550 Van Buren Blvd. (at the intersection of Van Buren Blvd. and the 215 Freeway) adjacent to March Air Reserve Base


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