Historic Tomb to Receive Visitors for First Time in Decades

Officials to Open up

(RepublicanPress.org) – The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has overlooked Washington, DC from a hilltop located in Arlington National Cemetery since 1921. The marble sarcophagus contains the remains of an unidentified WWI service member. Soldiers from three other wars, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, were later added; the remains of the Vietnam vet were later identified and removed. The tomb’s 100 year commemoration is around the corner, and the cemetery plans to allow visitors to place flowers at the monument for the first time in 73 years.

The US Army posted information about the events surrounding the commemoration on a special section on its website. One of the highlights includes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants to walk onto the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’s plaza and lay flowers at its base on November 9 and 10. A 24-hour military honor guard has prevented the public from approaching the tomb since 1948.

In addition to the public flower ceremony, the cemetery will host a joint full honors procession featuring service members from all of the nation’s military branches. Other events include a 17 aircraft joint flyover and an armed forces full military honors wreath-laying ceremony. Arlington National Cemetery will also host a national Veteran’s Day observance on November 11.

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