A new video posted Monday by USA Today's virtual reality channel VRtually There commemorates Memorial Day by taking viewers behind the scenes of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier — also known as the Tomb of the Unknowns — represents the men and women of our military who gave their lives for the United Sates but whose histories were lost or forgotten. "Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God" is inscribed on the back of the tomb.
Guarding this shrine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is a unit of soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard. The Tomb Sentinels are considered the most elite of the 3rd Infantry Regiment. It is one of the military's most exclusive units, with only the Astronaut Corps being more selective.
In the VRturally There's new video, "VR: Go behind the scenes at Arlington National Cemetery," viewers can take control of the camera as both USA Today, and Tomb Sentinels themselves tell you about the importance of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and walk you through the Changing of the Guard ritual that occurs on the hour, every hour.
For those who have never had the opportunity to pay their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, this video utilizing virtual reality, letting you look around from dynamic angles by clicking and dragging your mouse on the video itself, is the next best thing.