It’s about honor and respect for fallen veterans – and nowhere is that most appropriate kind of honor and respect better demonstrated than at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Tomb of the Unknowns, which is a monument dedicated to American servicemen who have died without their remains being identified, has been guarded by The Old Guard sentinels (the elite of the 3rd U.S. Infantry) continuously, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, since 1937. The tomb contains the remains of unknown American soldiers from World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict and, until 1998, the Vietnam War.
I visited the tomb 15 years ago, when I was 11, and can honestly say my memory of that afternoon is still easily among the most vivid memories of any experience from my childhood. Watching the meticulous, dutiful, and precise ritual the guard follows when watching over the graves is truly awe inspiring.
This video seemed apropos – it shows The Sentinels Creed and some footage of the tomb on a snowy day in February 2007. I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!