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Photo: In Hurricane Sandy, Soldier Guards Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.

According to a Facebook page for the 3rd Infantry Regiment, soldiers continue to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier despite the heavy rains and harsh winds of Hurricane Sandy:

The Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier maintain their vigil even as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Eastern Seaboard. The Old Guard has guarded the tomb every minute of every day since April 6, 1948. Today will be no exception.

NPR reported in 2011 that, despite Hurricane Irene, The Old Guard stood watch outside the tomb in Arlington National Cemetery.  

Visit the US Army’s page for more information on the tomb.

See the photo taken earlier today below:

Caption from 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Facebook page:

Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), keeps guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Hurricane Sandy at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Oct. 29, 2012. Hyde lives by the Sentinel's Creed which in part says “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”. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.)

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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