The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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Guarded around the clock by the Army's 3rd infantry, this memorial in Arlington National Cemetery honors unidentified American soldiers from the two World Wars and the Korean War.
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  • Eyekaytoo
    Leverkusen, Germany3,001 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deeply moving
    On arriving late in the afternoon at the Arlington Cemetery we made our way straight up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier(s). There was already quite a few people sitting on the marble steps gazing quietly down onto the tomb itself and marveling at the precision of the solitary guard marching up and down there. The respect of the place and what it represents was palpable in the air. Really awesome. The only thing spoiling the atmosphere in my humble opinion was the noise of the commercial jets as they came in to land at the nearby airport. By the way, the views over to Lincoln Memorial in the distance and beyond are quite memorable.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 17, 2023
  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, New Mexico1,362 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was surprised at how moved I was at this site
    This memorial always grabs me. I didn't expect it going in the first time, as being anonymous, I thought it would seem generic, but it is anything but. There is compelling power in that anonymity. The guard is always impressive and it's worth planning on being there for the changing of the guard whith is both supremely sharp and highly emotional.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 29, 2024
  • Hamguinster
    Johnson City, New York86 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Certainly Recommend!
    This is a place I have always wanted to visit. I have the utmost respect for those in the military, and I really wanted to check this place out. I got some very nice pictures, I was able to see the changing of the guard which was kinda cool to see. Thankfully everyone there were respectful and the guards didn't have to yell at anyone. I certainly recommend checking this place out, very nice, very peaceful.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 14, 2024
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,663 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
When we visited the memorial mum's guided tour stopped here. I visited with my daughter and we stopped and watched for a while. A more detailed explanation is provided in my notes of the day. In summary, watch the guard walk 21 steps, pause for 21 seconds and then Wal another 21 steps before turning and repeating the action. The guard changes regularly. As we were watching from the balcony above, a hearse drove by below followed by a guard of honour.
Written July 25, 2022
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Tom D
Big Canoe, GA181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you are doubtful about the current generation of young people in this country please visit the tomb and experience the changing of the guard. There were several hundred people there and most were high school/college age. The level of reverence and respect from everyone was amazing.
Written January 28, 2020
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Lottelli
Wirral, UK2,934 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
The tomb of the unknown solider is guarded around the clock by the Army’s Third inventory.
They change the guard every hour on the hour. It’s really moving. We also saw a wreath lying ceremony which was great.
Inside there is an exhibition telling you about the tomb of the unknown solider which was really informative. There is a restroom here too for those that like to know those sort of things.
Written April 7, 2022
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Lourdes F
21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A must see. A very somber ceremony but fills you with pride. Go as soon as u get there it gets very crowded as the day goes on. We went today and the changing of the guard ceremony was every 40 minutes.
Written February 17, 2020
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Lynn S
League City, TX590 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
If you have the privilege of visiting Arlington National Cemetery, you have to witness the changing of the guards ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The military precision and meaning behind each movement is mind boggling and spectacular. It is a breathtaking and emotional experience not to be missed.
Written March 24, 2023
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DLP
New Jersey3,579 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
The tram will drop you off at this location and the changing of the guard takes place every hour on the hour. It is a very moving tribute to our unknown fallen military. These Men who guard the tomb deserve a tremendous amount of respect as they “work” under all types of weather conditions guarding their fallen brothers. You can hear a pin drop during the changing of the guard ceremony. It is a ceremony that demands respect and attention and that is exactly what they get.
Written April 24, 2022
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This memorial always grabs me. I didn't expect it going in the first time, as being anonymous, I thought it would seem generic, but it is anything but. There is compelling power in that anonymity.

The guard is always impressive and it's worth planning on being there for the changing of the guard whith is both supremely sharp and highly emotional.
Written February 29, 2024
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Richard P
Schenectady, NY16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
You can't really explain this, you need to experience it. This is the most memorable part of the experience of Arlington National Cemetery. The discipline of the guards and the reverence of the ceremonies will be forever remembered. You can stay to see a piece of the ceremony for just a few minutes or stick around for closer to an hour to get the full experience.
Written January 2, 2020
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CINDYROSE720
Denver, CO1,355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
2020 February

This place is inside the Arlington Cemetery and must-see if you are in the area. Like all the other sites to visit, this area has an 'airport-like' security at the entrance.

Guards are always, 365/24/7, there, no matter what the weather is.

There is a vistor center behind it and i suggest you come and stop by it. Very educational.

Have a great visit!
Written March 1, 2020
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Eyekaytoo
Leverkusen, Germany3,001 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
On arriving late in the afternoon at the Arlington Cemetery we made our way straight up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier(s). There was already quite a few people sitting on the marble steps gazing quietly down onto the tomb itself and marveling at the precision of the solitary guard marching up and down there. The respect of the place and what it represents was palpable in the air. Really awesome. The only thing spoiling the atmosphere in my humble opinion was the noise of the commercial jets as they came in to land at the nearby airport. By the way, the views over to Lincoln Memorial in the distance and beyond are quite memorable.
Written July 17, 2023
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