The Foundry reports today, February 15, 2014 that during the raging snow storm, the sentinels never stopped guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
During the history making snow storms throughout the eastern shores of the United States, business, schools, transportation, airports, and governments were shut down – some from precaution and others out of sheer necessity.
However, there was one unit of people who were not deterred from their duty to walk the guard trail up and down the pathway that honors the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb, in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. It is located directly across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial.
The Washington Times reminds us in their report written by Cheryl K. Chumley, that these dedicated sentinels are present twenty-four hours a day every day of the year walking the pathway of honor.
In her column she titled, “Utmost respect: Solemn guard at the Tomb of the Unknown amid driving snow” she pays homage to these dedicated servants who daily pay homage to our American military soldiers who lost their lives all over the world defending the rights of all mankind no matter how hot or cold the climate.
The guarding of the Tomb of the Unknowns began in 1926 and has been 24-hours since 1937
Ms. Chumbly writes: “The federal government may have shut its doors due to weather conditions — but the guards tasked to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier aren’t so quick to abandon their posts. With what’s being billed as the storm of the season dumping inches of snow on the Washington, D.C., region, leaving a cloud of closures in its wake — Capitol Hill, area schools, airports, Metro bus service and almost all government offices in Maryland, the capital city and Virginia — the stalwart sentries for some of America’s most revered military sites stand tall and fast.”
At least 6 inches of snow covered the area in Rockville, Maryland where 300 flights were canceled. Weatherman predicted the snow would continue to fall and turn into freezing rain and these dedicated sentinels were undaunted. Included in Ms. Chumbly’s report is a video of a sentry who explains about how they perform even in extremely bad weather. ~~~~
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