Rome, Georgia: Tomb of the Known Soldier

Charles Graves was buried and dug up several times before he came here, as a counterpoint to the Unknown Soldier buried outside of Washington, DC. The only grave we've ever seen guarded by bronze machine guns.

Myrtle Hill Cemetery

Address:
Myrtle St., Rome, GA
Directions:
In Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The tomb is at the corner of Myrtle St. and Hwy 53/S. Broad St., which is on the southwest side of the city, just south of the river.
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Machine gun and Tomb. Tomb of the Known Soldier

Beautiful memorial site, guarded by bronzed guns. But just as amazing is the cemetery it's located in. Cut into a huge hill, the Myrtle Hill cemetery is worth a view as well.

[Tansy Ridings, 05/26/2013]
Tomb of the Known Soldier

The Memorial was easily missed until early 2000s when the community came together with donations and erected the bronze statue of a WWI soldier and the levels of bricks. Most of the money raised was by citizens honoring their own loved ones by purchasing a brick with the Veteran's name, branch and arena etched on it. Before this, the site was just a grave site with plaque and the bronze guns.

[Whitney, 02/21/2010]
"Tomb of the Known Soldier"

Grave site of Charles Graves, the national "Known" soldier, who was killed and buried in during World War I in France. His body was later disinterred and moved to the United States, selected to be buried at Arlington Cemetery alongside the Unknown Soldier. His mother refused to let the government have the body and had it brought home to Rome, GA. He was buried in the family plot, but subsequently dug up by American Legion members and reburied at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. His grave is the center of the New Veterans Walk Way at Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

[Steve Rood, 08/04/2001]

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