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A National Tribute to Veterans


"Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God"


“Un-named not Unknown™” By The Honorable John Jenkins /

Arlington National Cemetery, where lie those who have donned the uniforms of service and sacrifice.

A sacred part of this hallowed place is called “The Tomb of the Unknowns”.

From the time of their birth, those brave women and men:

  • Had a name and ‘were known’ by their parents.
  • Attended school and whose names ‘were known’ by teachers and classmates.
  • Lived in communities and ‘were known’ by shopkeepers and crossing guards.
  • Had birthdays and ‘were known’ by invited family and friends.
  • Worked and plied their skills and ‘were known’ by colleagues and employers.
  • Enlisted and ‘were known’ as they stepped to the plate to serve and defend our nation.
  • Lived and died by the ancient words carved on Arlington National Cemetery’s headstone for American Special Operations Forces: “… I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, who will go for us?” Then said I, “Here am I. Send me.”-Isaiah 6:8

The Tomb of the Unknowns were in fact, known by many throughout their lives. Let us not forget that someone’s child, and our nation’s hero has been laid to rest.

They are not unknown, they have been un-named and never forgotten.

Thank God we still have the few who are willing to serve the many, including making the ultimate sacrifice.


Honorable John Jenkins

* This national tribute to Veterans is part of an extended curriculum that promotes civic responsibility, community participation, and national pride. We would love to share this program with your school and/or community. Please contact us today.

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> A national project to encourage future references to the “Tomb of the Unknowns” to be changed to the “Tomb of the Un-named”. 

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