The following statement is from the Facebook page of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) [please LIKE their Facebook page]:
In the past, the soldiers whose duty it is to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were granted a pass to stand down in severe storms. To my knowledge, they have never left their post. Hurricane Sandy is expected to be the worst storm to hit this area in our lifetimes. Thank you to Dan Marshall and Dave Anderson for this photograph posted to their Facebook pages.
Note: “Rachelle” left a comment on this post indicating the above photograph was not made during Hurricane Sandy. Based on research she sent, the photograph was made September 2012. I placed a call to Arlington Cemetery the afternoon of 10/29 and spoke to the media relations officer whom I asked whether the guards would remain at their duty stations during Hurricane Sandy. She replied by saying, “Yes sir, they stand guard now and they will remain at their posts the duration of the storm. They stand guard always, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year in all weather conditions.” Thank you to Rachelle for her clarification. While the photograph was not taken during the current storm, it is representative of current conditions under which these men are presently serving at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Update 1: Please see discussion with Karin Markert in the Facebook and general comments section of this article. Karin is the photographer of this beautiful photograph above. I was informed she is also the wife of the Brigade Commander of The Old Guard.
Update 2: To view photographs of The Old Guard taken Monday, October 29 during Hurricane Sandy, see their Facebook album here.
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