Monday, May 25, 2009

The Tomb Of The Unknown

In honor of Memorial Day, here are some pictures I took at Arlington National Cemetery at The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldiers.

That white tomb in the background holds remains of unidentified American soldiers from World War 1, World War II and Korea. Until 1998, it contained an unknown soldier from Vietnam, but I believe they identified that soldier.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, soldiers march back and forth, symbolically showing their respect by guarding this tomb. The soldier never acknowledges the amphitheater full of people to his right, concentrating only on showing his respect to the soldiers that went before him.

The tomb is high on a hill in Arlington, VA, overlooking Washington, DC. The National Mall and it's attendant memorials is just to the left in this shot. The Pentagon is to the right.

1 comment:

aser said...

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier...
Throughout history, many soldiers have died in wars without their remains being identified. In modern times, nations have developed the practice of having a symbolic Tomb of the Unknown Soldier that represents the war grave of those unidentified soldiers. They usually contain the remains of a dead soldier who is unidentified
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