Arlington National Cemetery in Fort Myer, Virginia, allowed the public to walk on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Plaza to lay flowers in front of the tomb for the first time in almost 100 years November 9, to commemorate the memorial’s centennial.
The tomb, which was modeled after British and French memorials of the same nature and opened in 1921, holds the remains of an unknown soldier from World War I and is intended to represent all US servicepeople who were killed and could not be identified. (Remains of unknown soldiers from World War II and Korea were interred at the site later.) It is guarded 24/7 by a soldier from the US 3rd Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard.
The tomb plaza was to be open to the public for wreath-laying from November 9 through 11 to mark the centennial.
Video streamed live by the US Armed Forces on Tuesday shows the changing of the guard before dignitaries from the Crow Nation and members of the public approached to lay flowers and pay their respects. Credit: US Army via Storyful