Saturday, March 7, 2009
Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia: Tomb of the Unknowns
It's an interesting idea, when you think about it. The remains of a solider from World War I weren't able to be identified, so they were transported to Washington and made a symbol for all of the dead who make the ultimate sacrifice for the nation. He is joined in the "complex" by soldiers from World War II and the Korean War.
The honor guard watches over the grave, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The guard is changed at regular intervals, including every two hours over night. The tomb was one of the largest pieces of marble in the world before it was carved. The entire effect is quite moving.