The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington

#2 of 51 in Things to do in Arlington
Must see · Historic Walking Area · Tourist Spot
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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  • During the winter months, they only perform the ceremony at the top of the hour. The rest of the year, they have the changing of the guard every 30 minutes.  more »
  • This is such a beautiful ceremony and a must do when in the area. It is so fascinating, precise and unforgettable.  more »
  • Reverence, respect, honor and sacrifice. Only a few of the words and emotions this place evokes. The officers and enlisted men and women of the 3rd Regiment, "The Old Guard", and especially the members of the Honor Guard which remain ever vigilant at the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, are perhaps our nation's most visible reminder of all of the emotions and feelings mentioned above. The men I observed during the "changing of the guard ceremony", demonstrated precision, discipline and dedication. The observers on hand in the gallery remained respectful and appreciated the demonstration by the Honor Guard. When in D.C., Arlington National Cemetery must be on your list to visit.
  • It was a nice experience. The changing of the guards is good to see. I thought it was a whole show, but it's just the one guard changing off to another but still nice to see. You must be quiet to show respect. The dome is breathtakingly beautiful. I would suggest taking the trolley because it's a good 20 minute walk up hill to get to it. Bathrooms are located at the dome off to the right.

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