LT. GOVERNOR DOUG CHIN LAYS WREATH AT TOMB OF UNKNOWN SOLDIER IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Lt. Governor Chin was deeply honored to lay a wreath, on behalf of the State of Hawaii, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, which stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C.

 

Lt. Gov. Chin stepping forward with wreath. Lt. Gov. Chin standing before the wreath. Lt. Gov. Chin and Guard salute in front of the wreath.  Lt. Gov. Chin standing before the Tomb of Unknown Soldier.

Congress approved in March 1921, the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater.  The white marble sarcophagus has a flat-faced form and is relieved at the corners and along the sides by neo-classic pilasters, or columns, set into the surface.  Sculpted into the east panel which faces Washington, D.C., are three Greek figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor.  The six wreaths, three sculpted on each side, represent the six major campaigns of World War I.

Lt. Gov. Chin hears history of Tomb of Unknown Soldier. Lt. Gov. Chin looks at history display.

Close up of wreath from State of Hawaii.

Inscribed on the back of the Tomb are the words:  Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God

The Guard is changed every 30 minutes during the summer (April 1 to Sep 30) and every hour during the winter (Oct 1 to Mar 31).  During the hours the cemetery is closed, the guard is changed every two hours.  The Tomb is guarded, and has been guarded, every minute of every day since 1937.

The Guard walking in front of Tomb of Unknown Soldier. Lt. Gov. Chin and Guard looking at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier.

Lt. Governor Chin also paid his respect at the Eternal Flame, a presidential memorial at the gravesite of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.  U.S. Presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery include John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft.  The Kennedy gravesite is the final resting place not only of the former president, but also his wife Jackie Kennedy, his two brothers Robert and Edward Kennedy, as well as a memorial to his brother Joe Jr.

Lt. Gov. Chin at the Eternal Flame where President John F. Kennedy is buried.