Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Robert Edwin Peary
Discoverer of the North Pole - April 6, 1909
— [and] his beloved wife, Josephine Diebitsch (1863-1955) —
Invenium Viam Avt Facium
Erected by the National Geographic Society.
Dedicated April 6, 1922, by the President of the United States, the Chief Justice of the United States, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Navy, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, and the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society.
Erected 1922 by National Geographic Society.
Location. 38° 52.233′ N, 77° 4.107′ W. Marker is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on Jesup Drive, on the right when traveling east. Marker is off Jessup Drive, in Section 8 of Arlington National Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Matthew Alexander Henson (here, next to this marker); U.S. Coast Guard Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Warriors and Their Brothers (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); You Are Remembered The Vietnamese Airborne Division and Their Advisors (approx. 0.2 miles away); Americal Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Marine Division Association (approx. 0.2 miles away); Freedman’s Village (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington National Cemetery.
Regarding Robert Edwin Peary. April 6, 1922 was the thirteenth anniversary of Peary's discovery of the North Pole.
The monument is fashioned, from Peary's own design,in the form of the globe with the terrestrial continents and islands embossed on it, and in proper axial position with the north pole, represented by an embossed star. This globe rests on a solid granite base. The actual unveiling of the monument was done by the late admiral's daughter, Marie Anighito Stafford, who was born in the arctic regions during one of the polar expeditions, and was known as the "Snow Baby." The ceremonies were under the auspices of the National Geographic Society, and were participated in by President Harding, the secretary of the navy, and other high officials.
Source: Popular Mechanics article published in June 1922.
Also see . . .
1. Robert Edwin Peary. Biography of Peary on the Arlington National Cemetery Website
"The Latin inscription: 'Inveniam Viam Aut Facium' means 'I shall find a way or make one.' These words describe Peary's quest to find the North Pole, and his staunch determination to overcome all obstacles." (Submitted on December 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Wikipedia entry for Robert Peary. (Submitted on December 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,097 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4, 5. submitted on July 20, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 6, 7. submitted on August 15, 2019. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.