March 26, 2015
Last week, my boyfriend and I traveled to Washington, D.C. from Atlanta, GA, for business. Unfortunately we were both sick and unable to do much by way of sightseeing.
HOWEVER, I had never been to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. It was LITERALLY in the backyard of our hotel, the Sheraton. Needless to say, we both mustered up enough strength to make the extremely short drive over there.
So glad we did!
One of the first places I wanted to see, which ended up being the last, due to our wanting to see the “changing of the guards”, was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. What an amazing and honored experience!
Here’s a little bit of history:
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater.
The white marble sarcophagus has a flat-faced form and is relieved at the corners and along the sides by neo-classic pilasters, or columns, set into the surface. Sculpted into the east panel which faces Washington, D.C., are three Greek figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor. The six wreaths, three sculpted on each side, represent the six major campaigns of World War I. Inscribed on the back of the Tomb are the words:
Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God
The Tomb sarcophagus was placed above the grave of the Unknown Soldier of World War I. West of the World War I Unknown are the crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Those three graves are marked with white marble slabs flush with the plaza.
To be continued…
Until next time, y’all…