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Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington

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The attraction has never been officially named, but it's known as Tomb of the Unknowns or Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The U.S. soldiers interred here after World War I are all holders of the Medal of Honor, while the foreign nationals are all recipients of the their respective militaries' highest honors. The burial plot was opened in 1921 when the U.S. Congress approved a tomb for an unknown soldier. You can see the changing of the guard ceremony daily. Visit this tomb along with Tomb 31 to honor soldiers from World War I. For Tomb of the Unknowns and beyond, use our Arlington trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Arlington vacation.
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  • What can you say about this piece of American History. The grounds are pristine, neat and every were you look it can tell a story. This has always been a bucket list item to visit. The changing of the...  more »
  • Respect is always in our memory. By taking the train, that is paying (everything is not free but worth it) has a nice overview of all and it happens more quickly to the grave or the changing of the guards there.
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  • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or the Tomb of the Unknowns is a monument dedicated to U.S. service members who have died without their remains being identified. Having no officially designated name, it is located in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, United States of America. The World War I "Unknown" is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the Victoria Cross, and several other foreign nations' highest service awards. The U.S. Unknowns who were interred are also recipients of the Medal of Honor, presented by U.S. Presidents who presided over their funerals.[
  • Been here several times: sunshine, rain, or snow. The guards are always present diligently carrying out their duties. The rich history, painful memory, and splendid display of honor exhibited here is beyond words. It’s a must for people of all ages. It is important to witness the guards. Tell your kids and family what happened and why they still guard. Best time to go is fall. The beautiful leaves peacefully covers the cemetery in a blanket of colors.
  • We we're aw struck and loved the visit . This will make you appreciate the active and past military personnel that ever served. This place is beautiful and we will go back to pay our respect for many years to come.
  • Worth a visit if you're in DC, this place is ripe with history and reflection. The changing of the guard is a must see event if you're in the city, and the military precision and history of the ritual are quite remarkable and a sight to behold. One of my favorite experiences my first time in the area, though it isn't really worth seeing twice since it's always identical (as it should be).
  • Solemn and quiet as it should be. Attendees, just remember....the point of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is honoring the tomb and buried soldiers. Not watching in spectacle the honor guard. He would agree, he is not there to be spectacled over. He is doing an honor. Thank you to the honor guard for being dedicated to our country every single hour of every day. Thank you!

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