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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. Arrange to visit Tomb of the Unknowns and other attractions in Arlington using our Arlington trip generator.
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  • Arlington cemetery in general was nice to see. Gives you perspective as to how many families are affected by wars 
  • When we visited I was amazed by the changing of the guards and the story behind why they stand guard at the tomb. I would suggest others to visit this place, the ceremony along was amazing 
  • Before you decide to stay and watch the guards walk at the Tomb of the Unknows make sure you know the protocol. Everyone stands - no one sits, silence is required (complete silence!). You will find te...  more »
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  • It takes about 20 minutes walk from the visitor center. Make sure to take that into account when you want to see the changing of the guards. It happens hourly from October 1 to March 31. Changes happen more from April 1 to September 30 ( from the official site) Make sure to come maybe 10 minutes before the hour to get a good place to watch the ceremony. There is a small museum exhibit and amphitheatre in the area you can explore.
  • 7/25/2016 @ 4pm in Arlington, Va it is 96° with a heat index of 106° and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery is guarded 24/7. The Tomb Guards are wearing 100% wool uniforms and guard the Tomb of the Unknowns no matter what the weather is. Silence, Respect, Dignity and Honor is what The 3rd Infantry Regiment The Old Guard is made of. I love my Military and Love this Country. God Bless You All.
  • This tomb houses the Unknown dead from Korea and World War II. The soldier from Vietnam was identified. There is also a guard on permanent watch here. Ever hour or so they change the guard in a ceremony. A higher ranking soldier enters and announces his rank, and checks the uniform of the replacement. Once he's done, the two soldiers switch places. It's very important to be absolutely quiet, as the guards will get angry if you attempt to disturb the silence. When we went, there was a wreath laying ceremony by two schools, which was an extra bonus. It's definitely something to watch if you're visiting the cemetery.
  • The guard never changes and the marine always fights to the end even after death a very pissed off dad some tryd to kill me hurt my son and threaten my kids mom that's not right il die taking these guys down . Il bare that's grave my son's worth it . I tryd to enlist in navy swcc . Never got in next guard changing outta respect of the tomb I want it perfect and done with out the public . Take care . ... ............. ...
  • Very powerful moment to honor the souls that defended this great nation from the very start. God bless America and god bless our wounded veterans.