The Tomb of the Unknowns (or Tomb of the Unknown Soldier- it has never been officially named) at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA is a great example of ultimate gravetending. As it should be…the unknown soldiers deserve the ultimate respect for making the ultimate sacrifice. The Tomb of the Unknowns is a white marble sarcophagus located on top of a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. and the following words are inscribed on the back of the tomb:
Here rests in honored glory
an American soldier but known to God
The soldiers who guard the tomb are presents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These men and women must have the stamina, discipline and moral strength to deal with the requirements of the job – in fact, the majority of soldiers to apply for guard duty are not selected. It’s not an easy job so only the best are chosen for the honor.
As a gravetender, this is on my bucket list for sure. I think it would be very enlightening to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. What do you think?
Have you ever been to the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington?