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If you don't know the whole story behind the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington Cemetery let me fill you in because its actually extremely beautiful.
The tomb is to represent every solider from WWI, WWII, and the Korean War who has died unidentified or MIA presumed dead. This tomb has been guarded, around the clock since 1948 by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment. It is one of the highest honors to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider and those guards refuse to ever leave this tomb, or these thousands of nameless men, unguarded and unhonored.
Right now, in NYC at least, we are not allowed to drive our cars until tomorrow morning without fear of arrest. People have panicked (as usual), and brought up about 3 weeks worth of bottle water, bread, and milk (I never understood the milk thing). And while we are staying inside and hibernating, the soldiers are still standing guard, OUTSIDE, in the elements.
Through rain, sleet, blazing 100 degree heat, and horrifying blizzards, the soldiers stand guard, honoring all of the nameless men who have lost their lives for a country who doesn't even know who they are.
They wont leave their men behind. And that is one of the most beautiful, and honorable things that happens EVERY DAY in this country.
If you have the chance, go visit that monument and stay to watch the changing of the guards. Its chilling, beautiful, and all together breath taking just how seriously they take this honor.
@ButterflyBlu wow thats an amazing honor i wish i could hear from his point of view!!
A friend of mine was assigned this duty for a while. He was blown away by it. He loved it. He got to meet the President and First Lady on Memorial Day a couple of years ago. It was really special for him, but it was also a lot of work. He's since been transferred, but he was so proud of that honor. <3
I've actually gotten to see this tomb. i can tell you these gaurds take it seriously. while i was there before Memorial day a few years back, one of the gaurds in charge yelled at the crowd to be quite. I can say that I honestly was asshamed to be with my group that day because they kept talking. I find it not only disrespectful to the memory of the servicemen the tomb represents but also to the gaurds who just want to do their job. PS while I was there i got to see the changing of the gaurd. that's a pretty cool thing.