Sentinels at Tomb of the Unknowns remain vigilant, despite Irene

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A lone Tomb Sentinel, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), walks his tour in humble reverence during Hurricane Irene in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Aug 27. Members of The Old Guard have guarded the Tomb every second of every day regardless of weather or holidays since April 6, 1948. (via Facebook)

Cool blog post at NPR.com about soldiers of 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) standing watch at the Tomb of the Unknowns, at Arlington National Cemetery, even as Hurricane Irene tore through the Washington, D.C., area Saturday and into Sunday.

There is a shelter the soldiers could use, but they have consistently declined to do so, NPR reports.

The Old Guard has photos on its Facebook page, where many commenters are praising the soldiers’ dedication.

Eighty percent of soldiers who try out for the duty do not make the cut, according to Society of the Honor Guard’s website.

“The soldiers who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are hand picked and rigorously trained,” says the site. “They have come from every state in the union, every walk of life. There are men and women. For some this is their first unit in the Army, others are veterans of many years. Over the years there have been Regular Army and Draftees.”

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