An “Old Guard” soldier who was photographed placing a small American flag at the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb during a severe thunderstorm is taking note of Memorial Day ahead of it.
A torrential downpour did not prevent The Old Guard from honoring fallen soldiers at the Arlington National Cemetery. Every year, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard,” plants flags at each grave in the Virginia cemetery ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
However, as they completed their obligation on Thursday, May 23, serious weather came in, with heavy snow on the cemetery, coupled with strong storms.
But the troops continued as onlookers raced for cover. Some of the troops were instructed to stand up until the worst of the weather passed, determined to honor the dead.
In a Facebook post Friday night, The Old Guard described “one of the most extraordinary displays of discipline and dedication to duty ever to be witnessed at Arlington National Cemetery” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
A Tomb Sentinel, one of the soldiers responsible for guarding the tomb 24 hours a day, carried his flags to the Unknowns and placed them in honor of the fallen.
“During the storm, one of the most extraordinary displays of discipline and dedication to duty ever to be witnessed at Arlington National Cemetery was taking place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” the Old Guard’s Facebook page said in a post.
“With only a few watching from cover, a Tomb Sentinel approached the Unknowns with U.S. flags in hand. As thunder shook the ground and rains washed down with abandon, the Tomb Sentinel pierced through the elements with breath-taking precision.”
“He knelt and placed the flags in honor of the Unknowns. For the select few who saw this moment, it was jaw-dropping. Humans have their limits, but The Old Guard has yet to meet theirs.”