Stormy at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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

 Update:  This photo was not taken today.  It was taken during a rain in September 2012.  Info




12 thoughts on “Stormy at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”

  1. I was able to visit this when I went to D.C. It was very moving. Everyone showed the utmost respect. Even though there was a large crowd of people, they were completely silent during the changing of the guards. I highly recommend it when your faith in humanity is wavering.

  2. The tomb has been guarded by the military 24/7/365 since 1937. The Third Infantry (Old Guard) took over in 1947.

  3. The changing of the Guard is an impressive ceremony. Everything is precise and the spectators are respectful through the ceremony. I was lucky to see it in June. Also, several schools were placing reefs on the tomb and this also was moving. The rendition of TAPS was superb. I was not born in US (now I am a naturalized American citizen) but I had tears in my eyes when this was going on.

    • I’ve seen the ceremony too and it is quite moving.
      Sometimes I think people like you who come here from other places and decide to become Americans appreciate this country more than the people who were born and raised here. Welcome! We’re glad you’re here.

  4. I think you got taken. This photo was taken in September. Reddit has it on their page “12 Viral Photos that Are NOT of Hurricane Sandy.”

    • I saw that on another site (before I saw your comment) and added an update to the photo. Thanks for the update here. The Buzzfeed link will be in the next Link Dump.

  5. If you’re in DC you need to see this and you should also see the Viet Nam War Memorial (The Wall). Both will move you as you haven’t been before.

  6. I have to agree – watching these soldiers is a very moving experience. I was a bit cynical when I was going thru DC, but after watching them, I’ll admit – I had tears in my eyes.

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