The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
(photo: Major General Robert Foley)
The Tomb of the Unknown American Soldier is located at Arlington National Cemetery. It overlooks the nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. The tomb is made of marble, weighing 79 tons.
Interred within the Tomb are Unknown U.S. Soldiers from World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. The remains of the Vietnam Soldier were interred in 1984, but later identified and disinterred. He was laid to rest near his former home, by his family. The crypt for the Vietnam Unknown will remain empty.
The Tomb of the American Unknown Soldier continues to be guarded around the clock. This perpetual watch has been made by The 3rd U.S. Infantry of the U.S. Army, since 1937.