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One of the most moving areas within the Arlington National Cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The monument stands atop a hill overlooking our nations Capital. In 1921, the United States Congress approved 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. Sculpted into the east panel which faces Washington, D.C., are three Greek figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor.  Inscribed on the back of the Tomb are the words: “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had the chance to visit the cemetery during the summer of 2005. Getting a clear shot of the monument is very difficult due to the large number of people gathered around the tomb to witness the changing of the guard. So, I decided to go down below and shoot the tomb looking up from the stairs. It worked out great despite missing the bottom half of the building.

Arlington Cemetery - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington Cemetery – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

This image was taken with my Canon A2E and my Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens set on 28mm. The camera was set on Aperture Priority mode but I did not record all the settings. The film was Kodak T-Max 100 and it was developed in my new darkroom.

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