The Tomb of the Unknowns
was established in 1921.
After placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns
, Obama gave his speech at the Arlington National Cemetery's amphitheater, referring to the site as a "a monument to a constant thread in the American character." The president added that America endures because "it has always been home to men and women who are willing to give their all ...
Vice-president Joe Biden was sworn in before Obama at an early morning ceremony at his official residence, before the two laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns
at Arlington National Ceremony.
While it is just one of more than 300,000 burial sites in the historic cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknowns
receives upwards of four million visitors annually.
Originally, a civilian watchman was responsible for the security of the Tomb of the Unknowns
. Then, March, 24, 1926, a military guard from the Washington Provisional Brigade (forerunner of the U.S.
The focal point for official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day continues to be the memorial amphitheater built around the Tomb of the Unknowns
at Arlington National Cemetery.
Regardless of how many times I've viewed the Presidential Wreath Ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns
from the plaza of the Amphitheater, it continues to be a thought-provoking, heartfelt event.
* Wreath-laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns
in Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.
Solving a mystery dating back to the Vietnam War, the Pentagon has identified remains exhumed last month from the Tomb of the Unknowns
At the Arlington National Cemetery, just a few miles from where I sat, the sentinels who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns
were having an entirely different experience.
Stating that his role as commander in chief is his most "solemn responsibility," Obama placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns
in honor of the 2011 Memorial Day.
Commemorating the 60th anniversary of World War II and honoring all currently serving Soldiers, the displays also depict a scene of GI Joe at the Tomb of the Unknowns
at Arlington National Cemetery to remind viewers of all those who have died in combat.