A place of honor, a place of valor, a place of remembrance, Arlington National Cemetery covers 624 acres and contains the remains of over 320,000 servicemen and women, veterans from every war. The nation’s most sacred military shrine, it bears silent witness to the whole of American history. At the Tomb of the Unknowns, established in 1921, a sentinel of the Third U.S. Infantry maintains vigil around the clock, in all weather. Changing of the guard occurs every hour (half-hour in hot weather). The sentinel paces 21 steps alongside the tomb, pauses 21 seconds, then returns. The 21 signifies a 21-gun salute. 034p3.jpg
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