The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Tomb Sentinels have a Creed that says, in part, “Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability.”
Yesterday, they did just that.
This handout photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), keeping guard over the Tomb of the Unknowns during Hurricane Sandy, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
A spokesman for the Regiment explained that later in the day, when the weather deteriorated, the Sentinels on duty moved to a canvas-roofed enclosure approximately 20′ from the Tomb, as is allowed by protocol. They were not, however, ordered to the last, sanctioned weather shelter within the nearby amphitheater. They never felt it was necessary.
Thank you, gentlemen, for guarding their rest for all of us.