Photography

Tomb of the Unknowns


For Memorial Day and Every Day

This was shot in Washington DC at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National cemetary in Washington DC.. This tomb is guarded 24 hours a day. It was uncanny how the guard made virtually no sound as he made his rounds. It seemed as if he were floating on air!

The Tomb of the Unknowns (also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, although it has never been officially named) is a monument dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified.  The World War I “Unknown” is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the Victoria Cross, and several other foreign nations’ highest service awards. The U.S. Unknowns who were interred afterwards are also recipients of the Medal of Honor, presented by the U.S. presidents who presided over their funerals.

The white marble sarcophagus has a flat-faced form and is relieved at the corners and along the sides by neo-classical pilasters set into the surface. The stone was quarried in Marble, Colorado from the Yule Marble Quarry. The tomb was then fabricated by craftsmen in Proctor, Vermont before it was shipped by train to Washington, DC. The final carving was executed by Thomas Hudson Jones in Virginia.Sculpted into the east panel that faces Washington DC, are three Greek figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor. Inscribed on the western panel of the Tomb are the words:

HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD
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2 responses

  1. excellent photo and I like the monochromatic tones, it makes a more eloquent statement in my opinion…

    ~cath
    @jonesbabie on Twitter

    May 30, 2011 at 7:22 am

  2. Wonderful image and certainly appropriate for today.

    May 30, 2011 at 7:59 am

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