Public Lay Flowers at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Virginia to Mark Centennial

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 to lay flowers from November 9 through 11 to mark the centennial.

Video filmed by the nonprofit organization Miss Sawyer’s Kids With A Cause shows “Sawyer and Annabelle,” alongside other members of the public, laying flowers and paying respects. Credit: Miss Sawyer’s Kids With A Cause via Storyful

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