The WETU Project is inspired by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which contains the remains of unknown American soldiers from World Wars I and II and the Korean Conflict. Each was presented with the Medal of Honor.
The WETU Project commemorates the long history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It began on Veterans Day, 1921, at Arlington National Cemetery, with an unknown soldier who died during World War I. Since then, three more soldiers have been added, although the Vietnam Unknown was disinterred in 1998 because evidence emerged of his identity.
The WETU Project celebrates the importance and significance of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, both as a literal resting place for those unknown who paid the ultimate sacrifice and as a symbol of the nation’s sacred honor to remember their service.
The WETU Project honors all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen who have served, as well as civilians and family members who also served a calling greater than themselves. At Arlington National Cemetery alone, on 624 acres, there are currently there are over 400,000 active duty service members, veterans, and their families buried and approximately 30 burials occur each day.
WETU is a newly-commissioned, major choral work for men’s voices that tells the story of the Unknown Soldier of WWI and the unique process by which he was selected and returned home for interment at Arlington National Cemetery.
Kansas City’s Heartland Men’s Chorus (HMC) commemorates and honors the centennial of the First World War.
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Read our discussion forum that enables visitors to share their thoughts on what it might mean to be “an Unknown” and ways to ensure those who have served and continue to serve our nation, in a myriad of ways, are never forgotten.