As a historic storm moves its way up the East Coast, Washington D.C. has been all but completely crippled from the snow. However, something incredible is happening at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and it’s getting major attention across the country.
One of the most honorable and revered positions to be held in the U.S. Army is that of the Old Guard, which is made up of Sentinels from the 3rd Infantry Regiment, who are tasked with looking over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington regardless of what may occur. The selection process is strict, but it’s with good reason – these honorable men must stand guard in rain, snow, sleet, or pretty much any weather that’s not life-threatening.
The current blizzard moving through Washington this morning is no exception either. Even though snow is falling at a rate of up to two inches per hour, the Old Guard refuses to leave their post, and they’re steadfastly marching back and forth in front of the tomb.
— The Old Guard (@The_Old_Guard) January 22, 2016
The Sentinels are made up of volunteers, and only around 20 percent of those offering to do the job are accepted. Should they find themselves in a position where the weather is too bad to endure, there’s a small hut they can take refuge inside of – but it’s doubtful that’s going to be happening any time soon.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 22, 2016
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) January 22, 2016
Pretty incredible, isn’t it? There’s more honor in this group of men than in all of Washington D.C., and that’s a fact.
Since the 40s, the Tomb has been guarded 24 hours a day, seven days a week by the Sentinels.
[H/T: BizPac Review]