Favorite Museums: Tomb Of The Unknowns

May 30, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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As we continue looking at museums you might visit this Summer on your travels and on vacations I thought this Memorial Day Holiday we would take a look at something that’s not necessarily a museum but is still informative and awe inspiring to visit, The Tomb of the Unknowns, also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In America the tomb is located in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., I say in America because most countries have a tomb to remember and hold the remains of their soldiers that died in battle and were never identified. On March 4, 1921, the United States Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I, the internment service took place on November 11, 1921, the unknown soldier was brought back from France.

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The tomb is made of Yule Marble from Colorado and was completed in 1932. If you have never seen the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns you should, it is one of the most solemn moments you may ever experience and awe-inspiring at the same time. Soldiers from the U.S. Army are the guards at the tomb, they march back and forth on a black mat, with a certain precision, guarding their fallen brothers 24 hours a day, seven days a week in any type of weather.

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The guards duty is not only ceremonial, they are also there to keep order and call people out who are being loud or disrespectful, as well as stop people who cross certain barriers. I have seen the Changing of the Guard ceremony three different times and it is still amazing, the military precision with which everything is carried out and the respect it instills puts a huge lump in your throat. If you have a chance to see the Tomb and the Changing of the Guard please do so, you won’t regret it. ¬†Happy Memorial Day.¬†

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