The Tomb of the Unknowns

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The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, is the U.S. Army’s ceremonial unit, providing support to activities in the Washington, D.C. area and as escort to the President. The Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unkowns are an elite, selected from the ranks of The Old Guard to perform this sacred duty.

Our Memorial Day post will go up on Monday morning, but take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many.


They may be ceremonial, but the sentinels really do guard the Tomb. Do. Not. Mess. With. Them.

5 thoughts on “The Tomb of the Unknowns”

  1. A very funny, but ABSOLUTELY TRUE story about the Old Guard. I had a fraternity brother who one night with a couple of equally drunken assoc., in a typical drunken college prank for reasons known only to them (the typical “It seemed like a good idea at the time” drunken sort of thing) removed a grave headstone with a particularly cryptic inscription and placed it/stood it up at the entrance to the LSU Library smack dab in the middle–pictures of which made the school newspaper.

    A few years later, freshly back on leave directly from Vietnam, I stopped by the fraternity house to chat with fellow returnees who were now back in law/grad school etc. “Whatever happened to X?” I say. “Oh, he flunked out of school and was drafted–ended up in the Old Guard, replied one of the guys. “I wonder,”
    joked my fraternity brother, “if the Army knows they’ve got a grave robber guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.”

  2. Having seen the “ceremony” of the Unknown Soldier, can honestly say It’s one of the most solemn and moving experiences ever. “Perfection is the goal,” indeed.

  3. My parents took me to Arlington when I was 12. My father, a Korean War vet stood very straight and proud. After my time in the service, i can’t see this without tears in my eyes.

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