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Arlington National Cemetery

is a hallowed burial ground where more than 300,000 veterans from all our nation's wars are buried, from the American Revolution through the Iraq and Afghanistan. Learn about Arlington House, the origin of "Taps" and the 21-Gun Salute, training for sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Changing of the Guard. (Multiple Agencies)

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Interesting Fact:

Veterans from all the nation's wars are buried in the cemetery, from the American Revolution through the Iraq and Afghanistan. The Tomb of the Unknowns is the most symbolic site at Arlington Cemetery. The Tomb is guarded 24-hours a day, regardless of climatic conditions, by soldiers from the Army's U.S. 3rd Infantry, "The Old Guard." While guarding the Tomb, the sentinels take 21 steps before turning and facing the Tomb for 21 seconds. This corresponds to the 21-gun salute, America's highest military honor.
The sentinels salute to the Tomb of the Unknown.  The Tomb of the Unknowns stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C.

Tomb of the Unknown


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