The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington

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The attraction has never been officially named, but it's known as The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 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 The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and beyond, use our Arlington trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Arlington vacation.
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  • Every time I go to the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier I am reminded of the sacrifices made by our Brothers and Sisters in Arms to defend the freedoms we all take for granted....  more »
  • My kids did some research about this ritual prior to our visit. It excited them and also allowed them to just watch the experience and not talk in the middle of it. They better understood the reason s...  more »
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  • A great thing to watch and see. My wife has always wanted to watch a changing of the guard. My kids enjoyed it also. We were also lucky enough to witness a wreath ceremony. This is something to see if you're in D.C. taking in the sights. We payed extra for the tram tour of the grounds well worth it. There is a metro stop just outside the entrance to the cemetery. Some tour groups will take you there by bus or its a 1 mile walk from the Lincoln memorial to the entrance.
  • Awesome and awe-inspiring as always. Get there 20 minutes early and stand close to the front, right behind the ropes. That way you can see the ritual arms inspection at the beginning, done silently and in beautiful flourishes. And make sure you stand. They will say something (and I think, rightfully so) if you or your children are sitting down. It's all about respect.
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