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#3005623 - 10/29/12 11:51 AM DC shut down? Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier
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To serve as a Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery is considered one of the greatest honors in the military.

It's a volunteer position that accepts fewer than 20 percent of all applicants, and of those only a small percentage go on to become actual Tomb Guards. The high attrition rate makes it the second least awarded US military decoration after the Army Astronaut Badge.

This is not the first time guards have experienced a hurricane. In 2003, for the first time in American history, the sentinels, as the post marchers are called, were given the choice to seek shelter away from Hurricane Isabel. They did not. The choice was given them again in 2011, when Irene stormed ashore. And again, they did not leave their post.

Today, the sentinels face Hurricane Sandy. The winds may reach 120 mph, and the sentinels have the option to take refuge in a safe house, the "trophy room," which overlooks the tombs.

Our guess is that they'll remain on post throughout.

This photo was posted to the First Army's Division East Facebook page today and is captioned:

Soldiers of the 3rd Inf Reg. continue to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, despite the worsening weather conditions surrounding Hurricane Sandy. The tomb has been guarded continuously since 1948.



http://www.businessinsider.com/everythin...soldier-2012-10
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#3005639 - 10/29/12 11:58 AM Re: DC shut down? Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier [Re: Crappie Luck]
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Despite the political climate, I believe the American spirit is still alive and well in many folks. Awesome picture Crappie thanks for posting.
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#3005652 - 10/29/12 12:06 PM Re: DC shut down? Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier [Re: AndyW]
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May god send three angles to wrap these three and protect them from harm. These guards give more then people know. They give away there personal freedoms even more then that asked of reg enlisted.

I think you meant due to low attrition.

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#3005661 - 10/29/12 12:10 PM Re: DC shut down? Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier [Re: AndyW]
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This is what America is about.

Like those BAYONETTES as well, someone should send the pic to Obozo.

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#3005666 - 10/29/12 12:11 PM Re: DC shut down? Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier [Re: waynesworld]
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 Originally Posted By: waynesworld
May god send three angles to wrap these three and protect them from harm. These guards give more then people know. They give away there personal freedoms even more then that asked of reg enlisted.

I think you meant due to low attrition.


I think you meant angels. \:\)

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#3005763 - 10/29/12 01:02 PM Re: DC shut down? Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier [Re: ratsnakeboogy]
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#3005969 - 10/29/12 02:49 PM Re: DC shut down? Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier [Re: Crappie Luck]
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All I can think to say is
hooah.

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#3006021 - 10/29/12 03:13 PM Re: DC shut down? Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier [Re: sgtwebb1]
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#3006093 - 10/29/12 03:55 PM Re: DC shut down? Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier [Re: #1killa]
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That's the way it's suppose to be. That was one of the best places I went to when I was in Washington DC.
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#3006227 - 10/29/12 05:08 PM Re: DC shut down? Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier [Re: Wildcat]
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