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39/100 Tomb of the Unknowns

In Arlington National Cemetery located in Washington D.C. there is the Tomb of the Unknowns. This actually has the remains of service members that have not been able to be identified. There are remains from World War I, World War II & Korean War. There were remains from a solidier of the Vietnam War, but with the advances of DNA testing he was able to be indentified, so his remains where returned to his family.

The Tomb of the Unknowns is a whole monument dedicated to all the service men and women and not just the ones laid to rest there although the unknowns currently there have all been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Congress first approved the Tomb of the Unknowns to be started on March 4th, 1921 and the first unknown from WWI was honored and placed in the tomb on November 11th, 1921. Bothe WWII and Korean unknowns were honored on May 30th, 1958. The Vietnam unknown was honored on May 28th, 1984. Due to the advances in DNA testing the Vietnam unknown was able to be identified in June of 1998 and was then returned to his family for a proper military burial.

It is a freat honor to become a tomb guard and a lot of hard work is not only required but demanded. The tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and bad weather doesn't keep the guards from thier duty. Even this past winter when the cemetery had shut down for several days due to the excessive amount of snow Washington D.C. received.

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