A tomb of the unknowns

Most of us in the U.S. have probably heard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.  At Westminster in London, you can visit the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.  If you are in Moscow, you can visit the Grave of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin Wall.  No doubt you can find similar memorials elsewhere.

tomb of unknown civilians 03aaHowever, just outside the cathedral in Coventry, in Great Britain, you will find something a little different: a tomb dedicated to the unknown civilians killed in war.  Coventry was bombed during the Blitz, and on the night of November 14, 1940, much of the city, and its cathedral, were destroyed. Many hundreds of people were wounded, and approximately 570 people died — though an exact figure was never able to be determined.

The ruins of the old cathedral were left in place, while the new one stands just a few yards away.



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