A Salute to America’s Heroes, Revisiting Arlington Cemetery
By Ben Philippi
HERE RESTS IN
KNOWN BUT TO GOD
These are the words inscribed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The monument is dedicated to deceased U.S. service members whose remains have not been identified.
Placing of the marble monument in 1931. It is the monument that exists today. (Photo: Harris & Ewing Photographs)
ESTABLISHED IN 1860
Since 1860, Arlington National Cemetery has served as a final resting place for Veterans from the U.S. and 11 other countries with over 420,000 buried within its confines. Nearly 5,000 unknown Soldiers are buried throughout the cemetery and approximately 29 funerals take place every week. More than 3 million people visit Arlington National Cemetery each year to pay their respects.
In 1921, an unidentified American serviceman from World War I was brought back from France and interred at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; however, there was no monument at the time — it was just a stone that covered the opening of the tomb. In 1931, the marble monument that exists today was placed.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, or Tomb of the Unknowns, contains the remains of Soldiers from wars in which the U.S. has fought. More recent DNA testing