Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers Attracts a Diverse Set of Sentinels

TOMB-6ARLINGTON,VA- The sprawling marble plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (TUS) attracts an estimated 5 million people every year.TOMB-7

Placed in Arlington National Cemetery in March of 1921, the Tomb serves as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by service members to protect freedom.

Since 1926, the TUS has had a military guard on duty everyday. In 1948, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) formally became responsible for guarding the TUS.

Like the thousands attracted to the new Memorial Amphitheater, Sentinels called to serve at the TUS are driven to honor the fallen.

Serving as a Tomb Guard is a unique opportunity found nowhere else in the U.S. Army.

The Sentinels are as varied as the pieces of marble that make up the plaza.

Sentinels come from all walks of life and from every part of the country. Men and women of every race and creed are handpicked and meticulously trained.

The standard every Tomb Sentinel strives to achieve is perfection. The duty is performed solely to honor the bodies interned in the Tomb, not for personal glory

The Tomb Guard Identification Badge (TGIB) is one of the least awarded accouterment in the Army. Only after months of training can soldiers earn the badge.TOMB

Of the over 632 TGIB’s awarded, only three have been awarded to females.

The soldiers of The Old Guard that perform this honored duty at the TUS have a simple mission: maintain the strictest standards and traditions in the United States Army to guard those who have made the ultimate sacrifice of not only their life, but their identity, in service to our nation. This duty includes stopping any desecration or disrespect.

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