"HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD."

For 100 years, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has served as the heart of Arlington National Cemetery. As a sacred memorial site and the grave of three unknown American service members, the Tomb connects visitors with the legacy of the United States armed forces throughout the nation’s history. It stands as a people’s memorial that inspires reflection on service, valor, sacrifice and mourning. Since November 11, 1921, the Tomb has provided a final resting place for one of America’s unidentified World War I service members, and Unknowns from later wars were added in 1958 and 1984.

Throughout 2021, Arlington National Cemetery is holding a series of commemorative events, exhibits and ceremonies that will culminate on November 11 in conjunction with the National Veterans Day Observance. We welcome you to join in the commemoration of the centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

EVENTS

Participate in the 100th Anniversary

The public will have many opportunities to participate in commemorating the centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – just as the public was involved in the 1921 ceremony.

On November 9 and 10, for the first time in nearly 100 years, the public will be able to walk onto the plaza and lay a flower at the base of the Tomb.

  • Tues. November 9

    WASHINGTON NAVY YARD 21-GUN SALUTE

    A Naval District of Washington historical plaque dedication, naval symposium and 21-Gun Salute Ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. More details will be published closer to the event.   | Get Directions
    Time: 2:45 PM

  • Tues. - Weds. November 9 - 10

    PUBLIC FLOWER CEREMONY

    An Arlington National Cemetery Public Flower Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This is the first time in nearly a century that the public will be allowed access to the Tomb Plaza to pay respects. For additional participation details, please click here.       | Get Directions
    Time: 9 AM - 4 PM

  • Thurs. November 11

    JOINT FULL HONORS PROCESSION

    On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the public will be invited to observe a joint full honors procession, meant to replicate elements of the World War I Unknown Soldier’s 1921 funeral procession.  
    Time: 9 AM

  • Thurs. November 11

    JOINT FLYOVER

    With participation from the armed services branches, a flyover will pass over the cemetery and the National Mall. While not part of the original 1921 ceremony, the flyover has been added to the centennial ceremony as an element of contemporary military rituals.   | Get Directions
    Time: 9 AM

  • Thurs. November 11

    ARMED FORCES FULL HONORS WREATH CEREMONY

    An Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath Ceremony will honor the Unknowns and the centennial of the Tomb. This event is closed to the public due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols. The event will be livestreamed, with virtual viewing information to be published closer to the event.   | Get Directions
    Time: 11 AM

  • Thurs. November 11

    NATIONAL VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE

    The National Veterans Day Observance will take place at Memorial Amphitheater, as it does each year. This year, however, it will take place in conjunction with the centennial ceremonies. This event is closed to the public due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols. The event will be livestreamed, with virtual viewing information to be published closer to the event.  
    Time: DIRECTLY AFTER THE ARMED FORCES FULL HONORS WREATH CEREMONY

EXHIBITS

In anticipation of #Tomb100 this November, Arlington National Cemetery installed a new exhibit focused on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Memorial Amphitheater Display Room. You can experience this exhibit in person or virtually.



ANC Historian Tim Frank gives an inside look at the display room in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Exhibit at Arlington National Cemetery.
U.S. Army video by Les Owen / Arlington National Cemetery

UPCOMING


OCTOBER featured image of french soldiers during World War I by casket

Eternally Unknown: The Selection of the World War I Unknown Soldier

Join the National WWI Museum and Memorial for a special partnered program with Arlington National Cemetery and the American Battle Monuments Commission to commemorate the centennial of the selection of the World War I Unknown Soldier. This lunch-and-learn webinar will explore the fascinating story of how the U.S. Army selected the World War I Unknown Soldier and went to great lengths to ensure his eternal anonymity. It will touch upon the context of American military burial practices and memorialization in the World War I era and highlight ABMC’s deep connections to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
For more information, please visit my.theworldwar.org/9069

Friday, October 22, 2021 | 1:00PM Eastern , 12:00PM Central


PREVIOUS

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    September Here Rests in Honored Glory: Part 2 (With the National Archives)
    National Archives records Related to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with archivists from the National Archives

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    September Here Rests in Honored Glory: Part 1 (With the National Archives)
    National Archives records Related to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with archivists from the National Archives

  • Video Thumbnail

    August World War II Unknowns (With the National World War II Museum)
    A roundtable discussion Commemorating the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with the National World War II Museum

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    July Restoration and Conservation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
    For 100 years, Arlington National Cemetery’s staff have worked to maintain and preserve the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, ensuring that future generations can pay their respects to the nameless but not forgotten soldiers who fought for our freedom.

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    June Ask a Tomb Guard with The Old Guard (With The Old Guard)
    The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) has the honor of guarding the Tomb. As a part of ANC’s yearlong education program leading up to the Centennial, guards answer the most common Tomb Guard questions.

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    May Exploring the Connection Between the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Memorial Day (With the National Park Service)
    Drawing on American military history going back to the Civil War, ANC Historian Tim Frank and NPS Ranger Heidi Dietze detail how the creation of the Tomb and its connection to Memorial Day sought to heal the country's divide in the wake of the Civil War.

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    April The Memorial Arboretum
    ANC Horitculture Chief Stephen Van Hoven tells us about the rich history of the Memorial Arboretum that is tied of the history of the Tomb.

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    March The Medal of Honor and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (With Gen. Mark Milley)
    Gen. Mark Milley, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Foley, and Vice Air Marshall Mick Smeath explain the history of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Crow Nation’s gift to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Americans who have been awarded the Victoria Cross and why wreath ceremonies for the Unknowns are so important to our countrymen and international visitors.

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    February Teaching with Things: How Artifacts Illuminate the Past (With the National WWI Museum and Memorial)
    Educator’s workshop focused on engaging students with historical artifacts. Presenters will show and discuss a wide range of items, from mailing envelopes to military jingle dresses to artifacts from the World War I Unknown Soldier’s ceremonial and solemn interment.

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    January Centennial of and Teaching the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the National World War I Museum and Memorial
    Join us for an introduction to a new module of the ANC Education Program focused on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In this webinar, historians and educators from Arlington National Cemetery provide a live conversation on how to use these resources, developed for students of all ages as well as adult lifelong learners.

EXHIBITS

In anticipation of #Tomb100 this November, Arlington National Cemetery installed a new exhibit focused on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Memorial Amphitheater Display Room. You can experience this exhibit in person or virtually.



ANC Historian Tim Frank gives an inside look at the display room in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Exhibit at Arlington National Cemetery.
U.S. Army video by Les Owen / Arlington National Cemetery

UPCOMING


OCTOBER featured image of french soldiers during World War I by casket

Eternally Unknown: The Selection of the World War I Unknown Soldier

Join the National WWI Museum and Memorial for a special partnered program with Arlington National Cemetery and the American Battle Monuments Commission to commemorate the centennial of the selection of the World War I Unknown Soldier. This lunch-and-learn webinar will explore the fascinating story of how the U.S. Army selected the World War I Unknown Soldier and went to great lengths to ensure his eternal anonymity. It will touch upon the context of American military burial practices and memorialization in the World War I era and highlight ABMC’s deep connections to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
For more information, please visit my.theworldwar.org/9069

Friday, October 22, 2021 | 1:00PM Eastern , 12:00PM Central


PREVIOUS

  • Video Thumbnail

    September Here Rests in Honored Glory: Part 2 (With the National Archives)
    National Archives records Related to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with archivists from the National Archives

  • Video Thumbnail

    September Here Rests in Honored Glory: Part 1 (With the National Archives)
    National Archives records Related to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with archivists from the National Archives

  • Video Thumbnail

    August World War II Unknowns (With the National World War II Museum)
    A roundtable discussion Commemorating the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with the National World War II Museum

  • Video Thumbnail

    July Restoration and Conservation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
    For 100 years, Arlington National Cemetery’s staff have worked to maintain and preserve the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, ensuring that future generations can pay their respects to the nameless but not forgotten soldiers who fought for our freedom.

  • Video Thumbnail

    June Ask a Tomb Guard with The Old Guard (With The Old Guard)
    The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) has the honor of guarding the Tomb. As a part of ANC’s yearlong education program leading up to the Centennial, guards answer the most common Tomb Guard questions.

  • Video Thumbnail

    May Exploring the Connection Between the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Memorial Day (With the National Park Service)
    Drawing on American military history going back to the Civil War, ANC Historian Tim Frank and NPS Ranger Heidi Dietze detail how the creation of the Tomb and its connection to Memorial Day sought to heal the country's divide in the wake of the Civil War.

  • Video Thumbnail

    April The Memorial Arboretum
    ANC Horitculture Chief Stephen Van Hoven tells us about the rich history of the Memorial Arboretum that is tied of the history of the Tomb.

  • Video Thumbnail

    March The Medal of Honor and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (With Gen. Mark Milley)
    Gen. Mark Milley, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Foley, and Vice Air Marshall Mick Smeath explain the history of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Crow Nation’s gift to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Americans who have been awarded the Victoria Cross and why wreath ceremonies for the Unknowns are so important to our countrymen and international visitors.

  • Video Thumbnail

    February Teaching with Things: How Artifacts Illuminate the Past (With the National WWI Museum and Memorial)
    Educator’s workshop focused on engaging students with historical artifacts. Presenters will show and discuss a wide range of items, from mailing envelopes to military jingle dresses to artifacts from the World War I Unknown Soldier’s ceremonial and solemn interment.

  • Video Thumbnail

    January Centennial of and Teaching the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the National World War I Museum and Memorial
    Join us for an introduction to a new module of the ANC Education Program focused on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In this webinar, historians and educators from Arlington National Cemetery provide a live conversation on how to use these resources, developed for students of all ages as well as adult lifelong learners.

VISITING

The cemetery is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The parking garage closes an hour later at 6 p.m. The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier occurs every hour on the hour. The Tomb is located at the center of the cemetery and is about a 20-minute walk from the entrance. There is also a tour shuttle, with tickets available for purchase in the Welcome Center. Download the ANC Explorer app in the App Store for interactive maps, “Find a Grave”, locations of water stations, restrooms and more.

COVID-19 Restrictions: All employees, contractors, family pass holders and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks while indoors at ANC.

LOCATION

ADDRESS

Arlington National Cemetery
1 Wilson Ave, Fort Myer, Virginia 22211

RESOURCES

EDUCATION PROGRAM

Arlington National Cemetery’s new Education Program shares free virtual and in-person learning resources for educators, students of all grade levels, visiting families and lifelong learners. Audiences may now discover the diverse history of the United States through the unique lens of ANC and its history. One learning module explores the history and meanings of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

TOMB 100 WALKING TOUR

Visit and learn about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the gravesites of individuals related to the Tomb's history in this two-mile walking tour.

FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA

@ArlingtonNatl #Tomb100 #HonorThem

Commemorative Book

The U.S. Army Center of Military History and ANC are partnering to release two publications to serve as the U.S. Army’s official commemorative histories honoring this centennial. A richly illustrated commemorative guide, available in November 2021, will provide an engaging interpretive overview of the Tomb. A forthcoming longer official history of the Tomb based on extensive primary source research will delve into the details of how the Tomb was created.

EXPLORE HISTORY

“...an unknown American warrior who in himself represents no section, creed, or race in the late war and who typifies, moreover, the soul of America...”

- Congressman Hamilton Fish Jr., Hearings in the House of Representatives regarding the Unknown Soldier. 1921

For a detailed history and further resources, please visit https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Tomb-of-the-Unknown-Soldier

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