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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 Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery is a "don't miss" venue when visiting Washington DC. The cemetery can be reached via Metro subway as it has its own subway s...  more »
  • This is something that every must experience once in their life. I'm not into all the military stuff but this will make you proud of being able to live in the country you do and what we can do as one.  more »
  • These guards vow to abstain from alcohol for life. They guard during all kinds of weather. It is expected for observers to remain quiet as a matter of respect.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • How can you rate this anything but 5 stars? This is not a show. This is not for entertainment. This is truly a magnificent display of respect and honor. Silence your cell phone, remove your hat, and please do not visit if you are not attending out of reverence and respect. This was a very surreal experience.
  • Upfront I am retired combat veteran and my wife currently serves. Arrive near the top of the hour for the change of the guards. There is a shuttle you can catch if your not physically able to walk the hills of Arlington for about $5. Not really for tourists... Most don't understand, so they criticize, and I tell them to save their money. But if you are a member of any service and have some combat under your belt then you must see and pay your respects period. I suppose if you ever lost someone close to you that served, then you could appreciate as well. Time honored tradition. P.S. Aircraft ruins the silence.

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