Tomb of the Unknown replica to come to Bloomington as part of DAR convention

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is surrounded by flowers during a centennial commemoration event at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington National Cemetery, on November 10, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Brandon / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALEX BRANDON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)


BLOOMINGTON – A replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will be featured at the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution convention in Bloomington later this month.

Debra Coe, the state’s honorary DAR regent and the head of the Illinois State Office Club, said the public can come to view the monument on April 25 at the Doubletree Hilton where the state convention will be held.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Replica and the 3 crypts that hold the remains of the unknown soldiers from World Wars I & II as well as Korean and Vietnam be on display in the hotel’s west parking lot or the “back lot.”

Viewing times start at 9:30 a.m. April 25 and noon on April 26. The Veterans Assistance Honor Guard will perform a flag ceremony at 5:15 p.m. on April 2.

Maj. (ret.) Bill King, of the Georgia National Air Guard and also of the U.S. Navy, will be available to answer questions about the replica and the club he represents.

The Illinois State Conference is held every year to educate members about DAR activities and celebrate achievements during the past year. Illinois DAR currently has 103 chapters and about 8,000 members.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a women’s service organization whose members can trace their lineage to an individual who contributed to securing American independence during the Revolutionary War.

Today’s DAR is dynamic and diverse, with over 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters in the United States and abroad. For more information visit and

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