Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Tomb of the Unknowns is a monument dedicated to the American soldiers who lost their life in war/service without their remains being identified. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded 24 hours per day, 365 days each year – and has been since 1937 – with guards changing every 30-60 minutes, depending on the time of year. It is considered one of the highest honors to be a Sentinel guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

This coming Monday, May 28, 2012, Arlington National Cemetery will host a National Memorial Day Observance. The observance is a series of events surrounding Memorial Day, which includes honoring
the fallen, the second annual “Memorial Flowers” gift donation, a prelude concert by the United States Army Band, and a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by an observance ceremony in the cemetery’s amphitheater. The event is free and open to the public.

In preparation for the annual Memorial Day events, soldiers from the Army’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place over 220,000 American flags at gravestones across Arlington National Cemetery.

“I get the privilege of honoring all the ones who have sacrificed so much for our country,” Army Capt. Shahin Uddin said. “This is the one day of the year when we get the privilege of coming out here and
putting a flag right next to their tombstone to remember them and pay respect.”

Sources: Arlington National Cemetery, Patriot Post, Stars and Stripes

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