BBC News - The unknown soldier's journey from trench to tomb There was no facility to add a reader comment by the time I found this article, but here is what I would have said: On one of my trips to the UK in the 1970s or 80s, I went to Westminster Abbey and saw this tomb. I also saw, affixed to a stone column nearby, a small glass and wooden case containing the Medal of Honor. The neck ribbon is normally a light blue with white stars; however, because of its age, the ribbon had faded to white. When I returned home I wrote a letter to my senator and asked if he could request the Secretary of the Army to cause a replacement ribbon to be sent to the US Embassy to replace the original. On my next trip I saw this actually had been done. I nearly went into a state of shock!