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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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  • The men who guard the Tomb did so with respect and honor. We watch for quite a while and were amazed at the commitment to their duty and profession. A must see!  more »
  • An impressive place with an ever-quieter power. Changing of the guard takes place every time a precise pattern.  more »
  • Each time I’ve been to the tomb, I reflect on someone’s loved ones out there who have never experienced closure and their loved one may be resting right there in that beautiful place. I leave the tomb...  more »
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  • For any Patriot, visiting Arlington National Cemetery and walking amongst almost a half million American heroes, some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice for our Beloved Republic is a moving, emotional, and humbling experience. I find it nearly impossible to describe my feelings at the Tomb of the Unknowns especially while watching the changing of the Honor Guard. I had the privilege of being able to speak briefly with one of the off duty Honor Guards after the ceremonial changing of the guard. To my friends and fellow Patriots who are rightly concerned about our country's future I highly advise you speak with young people like that young soldier. I can guarantee they will give you hope. As a reminder to the Democrat Socialists intent on trying to "Fundamentally Change" and turn our Beloved Republic away from our Judea-Christian roots, I'd like to add this post script, and quote the words inscribed on the Tomb of the Unknowns; "Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier. Known But To God"
  • We arrived there just in time for the changing of the guard. The atmosphere of the ceremony is reverent as it should be. It is a remarkable reminder of the dedication that is involved in watching over such a National treasure. We got to experience first hand a verbal rebuke of some people in the audience when the guard put them in place for joking around. There are signs everywhere that state quiet! He was quick and deadly serious. It is a must see place for anyone that has a love of history and the Armed forces. Really touching and beautiful.
  • The Tomb of the Unknowns is a highlight monument at the Arlington National Cemetery. You can stop here as part of the scheduled tours available at the Visitor Centre or independently by foot if you want to visit the Cemetery grounds on your own time and schedule. This monument is dedicated to the U.S. servicemen whose remains were unable to be identified after they died in battle. Here you will see the large rectangular tomb structure which remains actively guarded. The monument rests in front of the equally impressive Memorial Amphitheatre. During my visit, I was fortunate enough to witness a Changing of the Guards ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. This is a most impressive event. The guards take such pride, giving perfect execution to their task in honour and respect for the fallen unknowns. Visitors can pay their respects by watching the ceremony in silence. It is a humbling experience and memorable ceremony to witness. The Changing of the Guards occurs every 1/2 hour and is highly recommended if you can make time to witness. This is something you will not soon forget after your visit to D.C.
  • Utmost respect, discipline and highest rank among guard. representation of four wars USA faced. tomb of the unknown soldier is basically a representation of solider died in WW1, WWII, Vietnam and the Korean War. one of a soldier from each war chosen and buried here. this tomb has been guarded 24x7x365, no matter what whatever the weather conditions are. changing of guard ceremony is main attraction (happens at every 30 minutes) here when next guard comes for duty, and again, they perform this in every weather, even in a storm. witnessing this ceremony is a feeling which cannot be described in words. On the other side of the monument, is a large open amphitheater. being a guard here is most challenging. one has to go through the intense training period and tougher than any training. Although military members are known for their neat uniforms, it’s said that the Tomb Guards have the highest standards of them all. A knowledge test quizzes applicant on their memorization—including punctuation—of 35 pages on the history of the Tomb. Once they’re selected, Guards “walk the mat” in front of the Tomb for anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the time of year and time of day. They work in 24-hour shifts, however, and when they aren’t walking the mat, they’re in the living quarters beneath it. The Tomb Guard badge is the least awarded badge in the Army, and the second least awarded badge in the overall military. (The first is the astronaut badge.) Tomb Guards are held to the highest standards of behavior and can have their badge taken away for any action on or off duty that could bring disrespect to the Tomb. it seems that Tomb Guards are rarely female—only three women have held the post. Everything the guards do is a series of 21, which alludes to the 21-gun salute. The Sentinel does not execute an about face, rather they stop on the 21st step, then turn and face the Tomb for 21 seconds. They then turn to face back down the mat, change the weapon to the outside shoulder, mentally count off 21 seconds, then step off for another 21 steps walk down the mat. They face the Tomb at each end of the 21 steps walk for 21 seconds. The Sentinel then repeats this over and over until the Guard Change ceremony begins. You can see the spots formed by their walking on solid concrete floor and mat and you ll be amazed to see their footfall at the exact place every time. it is 20 minutes’ walk from the visitor center. go along the way, and you can find JFK graveyards and go ahead, you ll find this. there are trolleys also running for the visitor but it's not free.
  • Quite a humbling experience. It was so hot the day I went to pay my respects. And I was complaining to myself about the heat. But watching the young men out there guarding the tomb with such precision and accuracy in all that heat, I reevaluated my attitude. I havent been to Arlington for 39 years and it still gets me in the feels. Go. Take your children. Take your grandchildren like I did. Show them what "Believing in something, even if it means sacrificing everything " really means.

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