Arlington National Cemetery is located across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. and stands as an everlasting memorial for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
The cemetery is a sprawling 624 acres of pristine, well-manicured parkland that is the final resting place for some of the USA’s most historical figures, such as:
- President William Taft
- President John F. Kennedy
- Apollo 1 astronaut Gus Grissom
- Apollo 1 astronaut Roger Chaffee
- Senator John Glenn
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Built in 1932, overlooking Washington D.C. is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The U.S. Army has continually guarded this site since 1937 through blizzards, rain, hurricanes, and heatwaves. Twenty four hours a day, every day of every year soldiers protect the grave site of their fallen soldiers:
The soldier marches 21 steps south, behind the tomb
Turns and faces east for 21 seconds
Turns and faces north for 21 seconds
The soldier marches 21 steps north, in front of the tomb
Turns and faces west for 21 seconds
Turns and faces south for 21 seconds
Every step, every second of their routine is perfectly choreographed to honor and respect the soldiers who paid the ultimate price.