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, Germany3,023 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 17 July 2023
  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, New Mexico1,375 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 February 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 May 2024
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Hamguinster
Johnson City, NY86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
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.
Written 15 May 2024
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moodblu
West Valley City, UT1,436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
On our tour at Arlington National Cemetery, we went to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This was a deeply moving experience—the watch and Changing Of The Guard Ceremony is a solemn tribute to those who died in wars without individual recognition. The tomb is guarded by uniformed soldiers who have gone through rigorous qualification and training They perform very precise procedures, which are continuous 24/7. The changing of the guard takes place every ½ hour in the summer and 1 hr in the winter during the time the cemetery is open to the public. In the night time it is every 2 hours. The soldiers have behavioral and honor standards. This was a honor to witness the watch and the Changing of the Guard and brought to remembrance all the heroes who have died protecting our freedoms. Definitely a MUST experience.
Written 4 May 2024
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This touching monument to fallen unknown soldiers is a required stop while visiting Arlington National Cemetery. It's a moving tribute to soldiers who died in battle but whose bodies were never found, and this tomb felt very appropriate. There's a changing of the guard to honor the unknown soldiers, which you're permitted to watch. This is a somber reminder of the casualties of war.
Written 15 March 2024
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,375 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 29 February 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The idea of giving huge respect to the country's fallen unknown soldiers is very appropriate. Nearly every visitor to Arlington National Cemetery visits the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watches the precision changing of the guard. It is all very appropriate and poignant, except in my view it is diminished by the obvious fake ceremonial rifles that the guards use; they look like cheap plastic toys and seem somewhat disrespectful.
Written 10 September 2023
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Eyekaytoo
Leverkusen, Germany3,023 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 17 July 2023
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,292 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
It was very moving to see one of the regular soldier guard change ceremonies. So precise and so respectful
Written 6 June 2023
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398kevinmt
Nolensville, TN32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Somber and sobering to know that an American soldier is guarded day and night. Truly a unique visit.
Written 31 May 2023
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dbinhou7511
Houston, TX1,615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
It was truly moving to be there and see the changing of the guard. Also able to see a wreath laying ceremony which is also done many days. An honor to see the dedication of the soldiers guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of all who have fallen. Also visit the museum near the tomb to see more about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Written 15 May 2023
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andyeverson1981
Neenah, WI5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Absolutely beautiful experience, everyone should experience it! Take the tour bus it’s worth it. It’s a must see!!!!!
Written 5 May 2023
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