We hear of wars happening overseas. Every time we turn on the news, we see images of proud soldiers serving their country, but we also bear witness to the destruction in the aftermath of a battle. Though it may be horrific to view, it pales in comparison to the trauma that many soldiers and their families have to endure. Unfortunately, countless individuals who dedicate their lives to service made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedom and liberty that we too often take for granted.
There are numerous memorials around the world that are dedicated to the memory and sacrifice of those who have fallen in battle, but none is more iconic than the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. Sometimes referred to as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, this monument has stood since 1921, when it was conceived as a burial spot for an unidentified American serviceman. The early 1930s saw a revamp of the memorial, and it has since come to stand as a symbol for all of those who have lost their lives in battle.
The patriotic sentiment behind the memorial has made it a prime destination for families and veterans who have lost someone close, but it also draws in high volumes of casual tourists. Sightseeing is always enjoyable, but onlookers often forget the seriousness and respect that must be shown when visiting the tomb. So, when the Sentinel heard a group of visitors giggling to themselves in front of the memorial, he broke his 21-step walk to instill some respect in them.
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