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Alexandria, Virginia

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution

The final resting place of an unidentified revolutionary soldier sits behind a Virginia church. 

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In the tiny cemetery behind a still-active Alexandria church, lies the grave of an unknown soldier of the American Revolutionary War.

He was found in his Revolutionary War uniform, buried in a munitions box that was unearthed during excavations in 1826. In 1929, the American Legion took up his cause and formalized an annual commemoration with readings and wreath-layings that coincide each year with the Alexandria President’s Day ceremonies and festivities.

There are numerous other interesting graves in this small cemetery, many dating from colonial times. 

Know Before You Go

Enter from South Fairfax Street, near the intersection with Wolfe Street. The cemetery is behind the church.

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