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15 photos show how visiting VIPs show honor at Tomb of the Unknown

A visit earlier this month by the chief of Washington D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department gives us a good chance to see how visiting dignitaries are allowed to render honors at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier through wreath layings and other ceremonies.

The chief of police of Washington D.C's Metropolitan Police Department, Peter Newsham, visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Aug. 14 with many of his senior leaders and police officers and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony and other events, giving us a good chance to see how American and foreign dignitaries are allowed to show their respect for the tomb and all it represents. Here are 15 photos from that visit, all taken by Elizabeth Fraser, Arlington National Cemetery.


1. Members of the Metropolitan Police Department Command Staff listen to a history lesson on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Memorial Amphitheater Display Room at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Aug. 14, 2019.

2. Allison Finkelstein, historian, Arlington National Cemetery; gives a history lesson on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to Members of the Metropolitan Police Department Command Staff, including Peter Newsham, chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department; in the Memorial Amphitheater Display Room.

3. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Omar Jones IV (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington; explains to Peter Newsham (right), chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department; how to conduct a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

4. Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) support an Army Full Honors Wreath-Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

5. Members of the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own," support an Army Full Honors Wreath-Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

6. Members of the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own," support an Army Full Honors Wreath-Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

7. Peter Newsham, chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department; participates in an Army Full Honors Wreath-Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

8. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Omar Jones IV (center left), commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington; a Tomb Sentinel from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) (center); and Peter Newsham (center right), chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department; observe the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

9. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Omar Jones IV (center left), commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington; a Tomb Sentinel from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) (center); and Peter Newsham (center right), chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department; observe the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

10. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Omar Jones IV (center left), commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington; a Tomb Sentinel from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) (center); and Peter Newsham (center right), chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department; observe the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

11. Cadets from the Metropolitan Police Department observe an Army Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

12. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Omar Jones IV (left), commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington; Peter Newsham (center), chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department; and Karen Durham-Aguilera (right), executive director, Arlington National Cemetery and Army National Military Cemeteries; walk through the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.

13. Peter Newsham (left back), chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department; and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Omar Jones IV (left front), commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington; address the MPD Command Staff and MPD recruits on the West Steps of the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.

14. Peter Newsham (center left), chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department; receives a certificate from U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Omar Jones IV (center right), commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington; for participating in an Army Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

15. Karen Durham-Aguilera (front row left), executive director, Arlington National Cemetery and Army National Military Cemeteries; Peter Newsham (front row center), chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department; U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Omar Jones IV (front row right), commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington; and the MPD Command Staff pose for a photo on the West Steps of the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.