Standing guard through Hurricane Sandy at the Tomb of the Unknowns
Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), takes his twenty-one steps across a water soaked mat while guarding the Tomb during Hurricane Sandy at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Oct. 29, 2012.
October 29th, 2012
12:34 PM ET

Standing guard through Hurricane Sandy at the Tomb of the Unknowns

The Army's Old Guard continues their duty as sentinals at the Tomb of the Unknowns even as Hurricane Sandy looms closer to Arlington National Cemetery. The tomb has been guarded continuously since 1937. Service in the  3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) is considered to be an assignment of the highest honor for soldiers. Their dedication to the duty is so strong that when Hurricane Isabel approached, the soldiers were ordered to seek safety.  It was an order they disobeyed, and the Tomb was guarded throughout the storm.

CNN requested an opportunity to visit the tomb today to videotape the soldiers carrying out their duty. We were told that because of the weather, the cemetery was closed to visitors and that the members of the guard have switched to camouflage uniforms.  The Army does not want them photographed or videotaped wearing anything other than their traditional dress uniforms.

[Update 12:43pET – We are now told by the military that the photo below was taken last month.  All the photos above were provided by the Army and were taken today.]

Credit: U.S. Army photos

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  3. Brian Nelson

    I find the irony of this almost unbearable that the people who so severely criticize these men who provide unwavering honor and respect to those who gave their lives protecting our nation are only able to do so because of the very thing that they criticize.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  4. lance corporal

    vote romney and lets have some more unknowns entombed, abused, misused and betrayed
    how many of his sons are serving???? romney would be GWB all over again in the area of abusing our military!!

    that said, ooh rah my brothers, pulling guard duty is alot of work that people never see, all they see is the walking
    this is what makes humanity great, the way we stand up for and honor each other, even in death

    I'm too old now to stand with you in arms but I stand with you in my heart for ever

    October 31, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • USAProudInTX

      lance corporal, what would your approved response have been to the country being attacked on 9/11? An apology that the twin towers stood in the way of a commandeered aircraft? Or that the pentagon wasn't totally destroyed by another? While granted no one wants young men to die a senseless death. Most brave young men and men serve knowing they may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

      October 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • Guest

      Obama's foreign policy is Bush's on steroids. Open your eyes.

      October 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
    • Kablarg

      You think Romney's will be more peaceful, Guest? Think again because Romney's foreign policy will make GWB's look like the good old days.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  5. Lou Cypher

    a better sign of respect would be to stop sending citizens to die in meaningless expeditionary conflicts,
    but in lieu of real respect,
    this is a very touching symbolic gesture

    October 30, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • Guest

      This is us honoring our own, and we really couldn't care less what you think of it.

      October 31, 2012 at 5:28 am | Reply
      • lance corporal

        he is part of us and his opinion also counts, you can't pick and choose who is and is not "real" american etc, just as you, he has a right to speak and his opinion matters, you may disagree but telling him he doesn't count is missing the point of what this country is

        October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am |
      • Guest

        I didn't tell him he doesn't count. I said that we (as in, those of us who serve(d) and understand what the Old Guard is doing and why) really don't care what this person's opinion on the matter is.

        Clarity is your friend. Read more carefully.

        October 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  6. justagurlinseattle

    I do NOT understand how this does NOT resinate with you....

    This is a REAL Symbol of AMERICAN HONOR and SACRIFICE....

    This is NOT some building a person built..... This is NOT some area that a person can BUY.....

    This is TRULY one of the VERY FEW American Symbols left that have NOT been bought by a left or right wing agenda.....

    This is... crap.... I'm too angry to think of what to say......

    NOT with YOU Jackie.... Just the people who do not understand this in general.....

    I'm actually SHOCKED that anybody could be blind to what this TRULY Represents......

    I guess it comes from living in a liberal household during Vietnam....

    October 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
    • lance corporal

      the USA is a liberal country how you use it as an insult is beyond me

      oh and in case you weren't there or can't read history, in the 60s during vietnam,,,,,,,,,,, the "liberals" where right!

      October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
  7. justagurlinseattle

    WOW!!!! Just WOW!!!!! I am as LIBERAL as it gets... BUT, this brought tears to my eyes... HOW Beautiful that they HONOR this person in such a way, and with such determination.....

    Personally, I have NOTHING but admiration for these men and woman.... Fact is, I have NOTHING but ADMIRATION for our military men and women....

    Personally I feel that if they are willing to rick their lives for OUR Country.... They should be rewarded handsomely..
    If you are willing to put yourself in harms way, to protect our country.... You should be living in castles and NEVER have to want for anything as long as you live...

    To any and all that serve or have served.... THANK YOU... YOU are TRULY Brave & AMAZING people....

    October 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • whorhay

      It is called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but it's actually symbolic of all the unknown soldiers that have died in US wars, of which there are thousands.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • lance corporal

      liberals are not anti military so the way you start your post makes me think your either a radical right type trying to make the other side look bad or your not real bright

      liberals are anti ABUSE of the military and our money NOT anti soldier and MANY of us served

      there is nothing incongruent about being liberal and pro soldier

      October 31, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
  8. Tim

    As a benifactor of every solider living or dead, my highest praise and utmost humility to these soldiers who guard this tomb. thank you. Honor is something that is not coveted, it cannot be taught in any school class. Honor has many meanings if you truly think of the word. Honor is something this country needs badly. Our elected officals who gladly TAKE our tax dollars need to seriously think about what these soldiers do with pay that I m sure is less than standard for what some Americans would accept. These soldiers understand commitment to levels ordinary Americans just dont understand. Honor means you put others before yourself in life because you made a commitment and if it is nothing more than a handshake, you live by your word and your actions relect your commitment. thanks to ALL U.S Soliders past, present and future for the commitment to this country and above all to your fellow soldiers who make this the United States of America, the land of the free.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  9. Dave

    For all who do not simply comprehend why are soldiers guard the tomb of the unknowns and want to know why? Well why not? Why do we fart? Why do we grow wisdom teeth? It is what it is. Get over it and move on. Thank you to all who serve.

    October 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      Hmmmm...where does common sense have ANYTHING to do with this...they are dead and do not care who is pacing in front of their graves. I am sure the deceased would say, thanks, but go do something more productive with your life...this is just SILLY!

      October 30, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
      • sir

        and so are you creep!

        October 31, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  10. Jeff

    Their dedication to the duty is so strong that when Hurricane Isabel approached, the soldiers were ordered to seek safety. It was an order they disobeyed, and the Tomb was guarded throughout the storm."

    No, they did NOT disobey orders to not guard the Tomb.

    Although the Tomb of the Unknowns is watched over by Tomb Guards 24 hours a day, 365 days a year regardless of weather conditions, to have soldiers so duty-bound as to ignore their own personal well-being is an example would have been unrealistic. Watchstanders – Tomb Guards – were advised by commanders of the Guard to take any necessary precautions for their safety and, if they felt it necessary to move to safer cover.

    For that matter, a contingency plan had been established (and is reviewed regularly and updated if necessary) that if winds reached 120 mph the guards could retreat from their usual exposed-to-the-elements posts in the tomb plaza to take up positions in the trophy room, which is above the tomb plaza and has a clear view of the sepulcher. (The Tomb of the Unknowns is a small box-like white building situated in an open area close to the middle of the cemetery.) This plan was not put into effect. I repeat, this plan was not put into effect, and no one disobey any orders, implied or specific.

    dungarees@gmail.com

    October 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  11. ReligionIsBS

    Meh, you guys are probably right about there needing to be security there. Lots of crazy people out there. But its the storm of the century! Im sure the soldiers wouldnt mind.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • TheTruth

      Clearly you miss the point. They disobeyed orders and remained at their post – they would most DEFINITELY mind.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  12. 24-year Viet Nam Vet

    To comrade Vinny T: You shame our nation and yourself and the sacrifices of so many men and women who have served and died for this country. And while that service and sacrifice of the Veterans and their families preserve and protect this nation, it unfortunately also ensures the continuance of cowardly sewer-rat vermin like yourself.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
    • sir

      right on!!!

      October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • fellow service man

      I dont understand your take on comrade vinny t he is on your side with this situation maybe some one needs to clarify this comment with you so you can better understand . He is mad at the people(liberals) who dont share the same respect we do

      October 31, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
  13. Russ Mark

    it is a priviledge to watch these young men and women. How dare anyone say it is too expensive to keep these professionals. This is the same kind of professionsal's that make sure your spoiled brat can get a pizza at the almost useless PARTY college?????? he/she is going to. My kid put his/her life on the line for your freedom and abuse of the system. former USMC SSgt

    October 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      almost all people in the military VOLUNTEERED for service..they also are compensated for it. THAT is there reward! end of story! I (volunteer to) drive your kids to school and I get paid for it...because there is a real need for such...but not a NEED for this type of self inflicted egotism and silliness..."oh look at me I am doing so much honoring by pacing back and forth" what ever happen to common sense? install some motion detectors and cameras and be done with it. SO G**Da*n goofy! move past the 3rd grade here and grow up.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Reply
      • MC

        Get psychiatric help, you sad little man.

        October 31, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • USMC1407204

      right on, Russ. the cost of the Old Guard is nothing compared to keeping the young fat-ass able-bodied dregs alive that cannot qualify for military service anyway.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:20 am | Reply
  14. VinnyT

    Some of you liberals are truly ignorant. It is called respect and honor for what these troops do. You idiot liberals will NEVER understand that. Now go save a tree or something...idiots.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • ReligionIsBS

      How do you know which political party everyone is affiliated with?

      October 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • Chrissy

      Vinny, it was for your right to free (and incorrect in so many ways) speech that this liberal fought and became a disabled veteran for you and many other ignorant conservatives. -both liberals and conservatives love their country enough to enlist and defend EVERYONE's freedoms. I gues the difference is that liberals tend to be more educated and understand that more than so many ignorant conservatives.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
      • Phil

        Really...can you cite your source on liberals being more educated than conseratives. Just not true missy....

        October 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
      • TheTruth

        Statistically, conservatives are more educated.

        October 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Carol

      No VinnyT, you my friend are the idiot. Here's a thought, get your lazy good for nothing tub of lard ass out of your parent's basement and do something right with the world instead of spewing your ridiculous BS on CNN articles.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • bill

      Yo Vinny, don't you have an episode of Jersey Shore to watch?? And stop talking about respect and honor like you know what you're talking about. The men and women who serve and die for our country do so for the respect and honor of the person(s) standing next to them, and they make sacrifices for ALL Americans. This is something you wouldn't understand, so why don't you take your trash back on over to Fox News where it belongs.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  15. Jeff

    The Tomb of the Unkowns is no different than many other "patriotic" symobls for the United States. The difference is the presence of the honorable young men who volunteer to forego a mulitidue of personal comforts in order to serve in this guard. Have you been to The Statue of Liberty? Ellis Island? These are symbolic points of pride for Americans and they have armed, paid security details also...They just are out front such as they are at the Tomb. Quit quibbling about the cost per annum of these soldiers and be thankful that there are young men and woman who, even in this tumultuous world we live in, are willing to voluntarily join the armed forces for whatever reason they may have be it boredom, a vsion of future possibilities or out and out patriotism.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  16. Travis Jones

    RESPECT!!!!!!

    October 30, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
  17. Jackie

    I find it a little ridiculous that so much time and money goes into a duty is strictly symbolic and serves no real purpose. Certainly not worth these young men risking their lives' for in a hurricane.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • ReligionIsBS

      If you dont see the beauty in this totally irrelevant and pointless tradition, then you are not American. Just ask the geniuses below. Its well worth the life of more soldiers dying in a hurricane to show "honor."

      October 30, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
      • DLWilson

        I am prior Service (Regular Army and Reserves)..the stamina it takes and the discipline needed to commit to such a job is outstanding ..but this is not just a "job"..this is commitment to performing a duty ...which means those "men" out there in the raging storm have "VOLUNTEERED' to commit themselves to this endeavor...they are basically keeping watch over these "unknowns" because until they are IDENTIFIED AND BECAUSE THEY GAVE THEIR VERY LIVES while defending this country and OUR VERY FREEDOMS that we take for granted (such as the Freedom of making a comment on this WEB page when people in other countries can expect a visit from the OFFICIALS such as the Communist Chinese Party in China when making an objectionable comment) that until the time comes for them to be Identified NO ONE GOES HOME!!!!Maybe our Government is not perfect BUT it knows how to put on a show!!!!!!!! It's too bad some people are either very lazy or are air-headed to understand what it is to commit themselves to a job that needs to be done regardless of what stands in the way....storms.wars.air-headed politicians,anti-Americans,etc...I'm a Liberal BUT GOD BLESS THOSE who stand in harms way to perform their duty in the most respectable way they are able to.....

        October 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Rich Petersen

      Jackie,

      Would you feel the same way if it was your son/daughter/brother/spouse/etc in that tomb? (may God forbid).

      See my response to the real "genius troll" on this thread.....

      October 30, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
      • Jackie

        Yes, I would.

        October 30, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Chrissy

      Jackie, I too felt as you at first thought about this, but then considered, with so many disrespectful hoodlums out there that take pleasure in adding graffitti to landmarks and anywhere that their art or message may be seen for whatever egotistical reason they may have for plantin git there, we do have a need to have someone keep guard over the tomb that represents all of those souls lost during wartime that have not been properly identified yet. The tomb represents their memory, and should be hallowed ground. Unfortunately, there is no way to assure that without someone keeping guard. Until the day when it would be unthinkable for anyone to ever desecrate this gravesite, we will have to be thankful for those volunteers that keep guard. It is a minor expense to maintain the dignity of the tomb and all it represents.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • Jackie

      @DLWilson: I understand full well what it means to commit yourself fully to a job. My questions is whether guarding the dead is a job that "needs to be done" and one that is worth that commitment. I honor and respect these fallen soldiers' sacrifice, but they are now dead and guarding their remains for all eternity does nothing for them. But like you said, our government knows how to put on a good show no matter how senseless it is.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
      • justagurlinseattle

        It may not do anything for them.....

        BUT, it is a SYMBOL for the Living... a REMINDER of the Sacrifice and the honor in which they serve....

        We have Funerals for the dead..... That does NOTHING for them.....

        This is for the LIVING a REMINDER of WHAT WE Stand for as a NATION
        and what we have FOUGHT for and have lost.....

        October 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Carol

      Jackie, shut your mouth and leave your vile opinions to yourself you ignorant repulsive woman.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • TheTruth

      Sadly, those with no honor cannot see it in others.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      COMPLETELY agree with you Jackie...those insistent on this honor BS are the same ones who bought the BS political brainwashing of generations ago. lets use some common sense for Gods sake, he gave us a brain.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  18. Isildain

    Some people have little or no sense of respect. (I suspect you may fall into this category) Some individuals would want to desecrate this tomb in order to "make a statement." No, they can't pillage it, but they could damage it. The Old Guard is there to make sure nobody disrespects the tomb of these soldiers who never went home to their families.

    The guns they carry are working, loaded guns, and are not ceremonial. I have seen them stop their march, and confront someone who does not show proper respect while visiting the tomb. They carry their weapon in such a way as to show people that they are armed, and they will use that weapon.

    You can keep commenting as long as you like. These soldiers died so that you can exercise your first ammendment right. Just remember, it's better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are an idiot than to open it and remove all doubt.

    October 30, 2012 at 9:45 am | Reply
    • ReligionIsBS

      So you thnk anyone who doesnt show proper resect to a tomb deserves to be shot? Wow. And Im not sure how questioning the usage of a gaurd is showing any disrespect. Dont get full of yourself thinking you are better because you are for patroling tombs. Im just as patriotic as you. I respect these soldiers as much as you. You just seem to want to protect dead people more than I do. Im all for tombs, plaques statue, etc. I just dont see the point of the gaurds. I guess you're all just better than me, just ask yourselves. Hopefully that gaud isnt as trigger happy as you seem to be.

      October 30, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
      • Michael

        You're an idiot.

        October 30, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • ReligionIsBS

        Why am I an idiot?

        October 30, 2012 at 11:50 am |
      • Cory

        I agree. You are an idiot. You completely don't understand the entire point of the ceremony. Those men guarding the tomb do it for love, respect, and honor to all those who have lost their lives defending this country, and idiots like you. They die so you have a right to be an idiot. And yes – I hope that if you, or ANYONE, attempts to desecrete what that tomb and that ceremony stand for – they should be shot. Your life is no more important than the men and women who died to defend you.

        October 30, 2012 at 11:58 am |
      • ReligionIsBS

        Corey, you are right, I dont understand the point of the ceremony.
        Those men do it because it is their job. And nobody can give me a legitimate answer as to why it is their job.
        Where did I say that I would desecrate their tomb? Or are you putting words in my mouth because you're angry and anti-intulectual? I dont think anyone should desecrate anyones tomb. Nor do I think that someone who would should be shot.
        And where did I say that my life was more important than anyones?
        I think you are letting your emotions get the best of you. You are speaking from hate and ignorance. Your entire response is one giant piece of drivel.

        October 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • Maverick

        RIBS, I can give you a legitimate reason. You did three tours in Iraq (thank you). This being the case then you know the cardinal rule of soldiering: never leave a man behind. these men entombed at Arlington have been left behind. They have neither returned to their families nor to their units. The soldiers (one of which was my brother-in-law) stand with them so they are not left behind.

        As far as appointment, they are recommended by high-ranking officers based on outstanding character and dedication. They must compete for the assignment through an extremely rigorous process to prove they are worthy of this honor. Soldiers who are accepted into the Old Guard are not guarding dead bodies or preventing desecrations as much as they are watching over soldiers who never came home. In other words, men that history left behind.

        October 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • SW3Taco

      What galls me is the Senators and Congresscritters making $180,000 per annum in pay and benefits leaving town while these Marines making 16K per annum man their post through hurricanes.
      This says something about the level of loyalty people have. Our alleged public servants, arent.

      Hand Salute,
      An ex-SeaBee

      October 30, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
      • Archivedd

        Agree completely, but they aren't Marines. They are Army.

        October 30, 2012 at 11:31 am |
      • SW3Taco

        My bad. Army, Not Marines.

        October 30, 2012 at 11:41 am |
      • Ally

        In this case there's no reason to bash the Senators and Congress for leaving town. It's better for the military and government saftey efforts in general if there are fewer people in harms way. There was no reason for that branch of the government to stay in DC for Sandy.

        October 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • SpinZen

        SW3 Taco; no disrespect but these warriors at the tomb are not Marines. They are Soldiers in the US Army.

        October 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  19. J.

    The reasoning is simple, honestly. The tomb of the unknown soldiers is for those that died and went unidentified. They gave both their lives and their death to their country. Most soldiers return to their family either way, but these men never could. Thus, the nation has adopted them as sons of her very liberty, and we protect them to show those who's names were forgotten are not forgotten in death. We honor those that gave more than their lives; they gave everything.

    If you don't understand that, and think it's a joke, maybe keep your comments out of this one until you lose someone you love and never find closure.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • ReligionIsBS

      No thanks, ill keep comenting. Just wondering what guarding dead people has to do with anything. You can show people respect without nonsense. Nobody is going to pillage these tombs, no need for a guard. And I have lost a loved one who was never found, but I dont pay a rent a cop to stand watch of his grave. That would be rediculous, wouldnt it? I love how all of you "get this" but cant make any sense of it.

      October 30, 2012 at 9:25 am | Reply
      • Michael

        Again, you're an idiot. Why dont you do the country, the world and God a favor and just kill yourself. Please!

        October 30, 2012 at 11:38 am |
      • Jeff

        only stated that she thought guarding a gravesite was a sign of stupidity and not honor. Like you, I am the child of a war veteran and I am also far too old to be considered part of the "new generation", but I agree wholeheartedly with Danielle. Guarding the gravesite of the dead, no matter how great their sacrifice or how big of heroes they might be, is a futile symbolic gesture that serves no purpose but to waste time and money, and in the case of a hurricane, possibly put the lives of the guards in danger. The brave soldiers buried there do not know or care that their graves are being guarded. Their time on this earth is gone. They live now only in the memories of their loved ones and in the history books. They deserve to be honored and respected for their sacrifices, but guarding their graves does nothing to bestow honor on them...

        October 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • ReligionIsBS

      1. I did, I served. What have you done.
      2. I did, I served. What have you done.
      3. god isnt real

      October 30, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • The One Who Knows

        How could an athiest understand such concepts as compassion and honor? Then again, how could you serve this country in the armed forces if you make a pledge to God, but you deny Him?

        Then again, why bother...all you'll do is come back with some wisea** crack.

        October 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  20. ReligionIsBS

    Without getting angry and calling me names, can any explain to me why we pay someone to gaurd dead people? And "honor" isnt much of an answer.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
    • JimBob

      If you have to ask; you will never understand.

      October 30, 2012 at 8:33 am | Reply
    • Lydia

      OK, here goes, ReligionIsBS...I'm not angry, just baffled by what you call yourself and your lack of understanding. I was going to blame your parents, but I won't, because you're probably a grown man, who I'm sure has never served his country and never will. Plain and simple, you just wouldn't understand what it means to sacrifice for your country or for anything or anybody else, tsk tsk. You should do yourself a favor and go visit the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, and maybe you'll wise up and feel that lump in your throat and that swelling in your heart–it's called pride and honor. God bless you anyway.

      October 30, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
      • ReligionIsBS

        JimBob, if you cant explain it to me, then you dont get it either.

        Lydia, I served 3 tours in Iraq. You're welcome. Instead of making assumptions about people and trying to offend them, maybe you should be thanking them for keeping you safe. I blame your parents for indoctrinating you with all this god nonsense, which obvioulsly puts delusions in your head that you are greater than others. And thanks for the laugh, "its about honor!"

        October 30, 2012 at 8:53 am |
      • ReligionIsBS

        Oh, and Lydia, im not letting you off the hook that easy. Please explain how gaurding dead people who dont need protection is pride and honor? It seems a little condescending to me. Please explain. And feel free to insult some more veterans who dont share your views along the way. But im guessing you're too much of a coward to respond.

        October 30, 2012 at 9:00 am |
      • Jamie Clark

        The Sentinals at the Tomb of the Unknown are not "guarding dead people". They, like many of the things we hold dear, are symbols. They signify, not to the dead, but to ourselves, that the sacrifice we ask of our citizens is not something we take lightly.

        The soldiers who lie in those graves will never know that every minute of every day, a fellow soldier watches over their resting place. But it says to us, no, to the world, that we value what they did.

        We are the most patriotic nation on earth and, like it or not, we value the symbols of what our country stands for. And we have many. Our flag, national cemeteries, our anthem are all symbols of the value we place on our country, our soldiers and our citizens.

        The members of the guard understand the value of what they do far better than we and far better than I can convey to you in words. They consider it an honor and a privilege to carry out that responsiblity.

        They, more than anyone, understand that what they protect is not a solider passed, but a symbol of the value we place on those who gave their lives to defend the country they love, its way of life and the freedom of its people.

        October 30, 2012 at 9:24 am |
      • xirume

        ReligionIsBS: If its true that you were in the military (which I very much doubt) then you are an even bigger disaster than meets the eye. If you didn't learn a thing about honor, duty and tradition during your enlistment and "tours of Iraq", then you are three times the pathetic, lost soul, swimming in a maelstrom of ignorance, you paint yourself as.

        October 30, 2012 at 10:29 am |
      • ReligionIsBS

        xirume, "If its true that you were in the military (which I very much doubt) then you are an even bigger disaster than meets the eye." You spelled thank you wrong. But dont worry about it, I fought so every American, no matter how hateful and ungrateful, can keep their free speach. Would you like to insult me more? Want to critique my military service some more? Your posts are truly inspiring. Maybe id get more respect from you if I was killed in action and had a gaurd pacing back in forth of my tomb.

        October 30, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • Ally

      @Religionis: I get what you're saying. And I admit I even had that thought briefly when I first saw these pictures. Why bother guarding a tomb. And the answer, as you've been getting; is that it's symbolic. A tradition we've developed that symbolically honors the fallen.

      Therefore it becomes very important in some people's hearts. There's no other way to explain it. And there's certainly no proof that it's useful for anything other than to increase morale for today's military and their families. And tell them that should they give all for their country that they won't be forgotten.

      It's perfectly fine if that doesn't touch you. And for every person that symbol doesn't touch them, this assignment of guarding the tomb is a waste of time. There's no other way to justify it.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • Nicole

      The guards are a symbol of the respect this nation owes to every Soldier that never made it home. However, the tradition was started when families decided that this was a good spot to picnic on the grounds. I highly doubt people would be more respectful now than they were back in the 30's. You ask why we pay someone to do it, simple that Soldier would be getting a paycheck anyway. Guarding the tomb is a two year assignment (I would expect a prior Soldier to know that) and as the majority of them are infantry Soldiers they probably need a break from combat. So they either get paid to ride a desk for a few years or paid for this, either way the money is the same. These Soldiers consider it an honor to do this job but if they considered it only a job they wouldn't have gotten through the requirements to be in this unit. It is sad how many Soldiers now have little to no respect for the traditions of the military.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • Carol

      These soliders are being paid for defending thier country. They are not being paid to specifically guardi the Tomb of the Unkown. It is a volunteer positon and not everyone gets selected for this honored position. I for one would had loved to be a guard at the tomb when I was on active duty but did not get the honor. I salute these soliders who do this to honor thier fallen brothers in arms. You need to shut your mouth and thank these young men and women who defend you right to open that fat mouth of yours

      October 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  21. candiduscorvus

    It's not the fact that they stand the watch in nice weather or clear nights that makes these young men honorable. It's the fact that in the face of a dangerous storm they still stand the watch.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:43 am | Reply
    • USMC1407204

      Understand what it is that these elite soldiers are really doing. They symbolicaly represent the fact that our Nation honors and respects those that have fallen in the line of duty and that honor and respect does not wavier because of a storm. When these elite troops are walking their post at the Tomb of the Unknowns they are in effect "guarding" the final resting place in every corner of America of all who have served. So when you visit the cemetery this Veteran's Day listen real close and you will hear the "click,click' of the heels of those senteries at Arlington walking post over the veteran's graves. Keep it up, Old Guard, you are great.

      October 30, 2012 at 8:14 am | Reply
  22. Bubble Bubble

    This "honor" is an example of the highest form of herpity derpity.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:07 am | Reply
    • Gadflie

      I suspect that you have no idea what the term "honor" means.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:16 am | Reply
    • Vet

      Just sh.ut up. Don't say anything else. You've shown your inadequacy quite well already. Don't make it worse.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:00 am | Reply
    • Carol

      And you are a pitiful excuse for a human being you fat lard loser who lives in his parents basement and has no life.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • Doh

      Someone fails at trolling.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  23. Donna

    While I have every respect for the members of the Armed Forces in both countries, I must respectfully suggest those boys get their butts to higher ground so that they may stand again. The soldier in that tomb would understand.

    October 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
    • Isildain

      First, Both countries?

      Secondly, you have to understand that these men consider it their honor and duty to guard this tomb, and it is a duty that they take VERY seriously. The gun they carry is not ceremonial. It is loaded. It is always carried away from the side of the tomb to show any onlookers that they are armed. It is their belief that to leave their post, even for their own safety, would be derelection of duty, and tantamount to cowardice and would bring dishonor to themselves and the corp. They would rather give their own lives in the live of their duty that to disrespect their uniform or the honor of the soldiers whom they guard.

      I take my hat off to these individuals.

      October 30, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
  24. abbydelabbey

    my nephew is 4th generation serving in time of war, 3rd generation professional army - God bless our military - and those worthy of serving at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier...

    October 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  25. theepiccheesespider3

    1i have had a conversation like this before<------–READ THIS! READ THIS!
    2It was backwards
    3 this boy on a game i9 like to play(GMOD)was making fun of an English teenager
    4that boy was an American
    5that English man became my friend because I was one of the three supporters of the English man.
    6 that boy apologized for what he had said.
    7In conclusion I find it annoying how both of our countries are always making fun of each other only thru internet, and other types of technology, and we don't see our leaders saying anything about it so forget about it were both speaking the same language, and talking to each other(not always in a good manner)and dis-respecting each others ways or words
    8Oh and I'm American

    October 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • Huh?

      I'm sorry, but letters like that make it really easy to make fun of the writer.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:57 am | Reply
  26. theepiccheesespider3

    1i have had a conversation like this before < – – -READ THIS READ THIS READ THIS READ THIS READ THIS
    2It was backwards
    3 this boy on a game i9 like to play(GMOD)was making fun of an English teenager
    4that boy was an American
    5that English man became my friend because I was one of the three supporters of the English man.
    6 that boy apologized for what he had said.
    7In conclusion I find it annoying how both of our countries are always making fun of each other only thru internet, and other types of technology, and we don't see our leaders saying anything about it so forget about it were both speaking the same language, and talking to each other(not always in a good manner)and dis-respecting each others ways or words
    8OH and I'm American, and we have the best military in the world(technology)and I know for a fact that some people in England don't make fun of us because we have respect for them and they for us.

    October 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  27. Gina

    God Bless America!! Some people just don't get it. It's called RESPECT. These men and women fight for our freedom and some will pay the ultimate price. So comments from the likes of you who think our armed forces are stupid and standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldiers is a joke should find a new place to live.
    To all the men and women who have served and who are serving our country today THANK YOU. You have my utmost RESPECT.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  28. phil

    I had the good fortune to see the changing of the guard at 0200 while President Reagan lay in State. It was one of the most impressive sights I have ever seen. The guards made not a sound. They carry their duty to extremes most of us cannot even imagine.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  29. god is imaginary dot com

    god is imaginary dot com

    October 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • John

      Go stick your head in the sand

      October 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
      • TheTruth

        He already did.

        October 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • Carol

        He's stuck in his parent's basement with nothing to do all day but be an overweight tub of lard commenting on CNN articles.

        October 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  30. Bloody Yanks

    Trust the Yanks. Spending Chinese borrowed money to guard a dead guy they don't know...lol. No wonder the country is going down the tubes....fast. Good riddance.

    October 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • bruning von Stauffen

      Bloody Brits...spending money borrowed from Germany to support a swishy, inbred monarch & her entire family on the taxpayer's expense. No wonderthey can't even subdue Northern Ireland.. Good riddance.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
      • blkwdow

        Heh heh... You tell him!

        October 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • tpbco

      I thought brits had more class...guess I was wrong.

      Just remember mate, if not for us – TWICE – you would be speaking German.

      Loser

      October 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
      • blkwdow

        Eloquently stated! Thank you!

        October 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Jamie Clark

      Well, we kinda took a little cue from you guys on that. Borrowing money from a country that kicked your ass until we came to save it – to guard an old lady you don't like – AND her whole bleedin' family. Yep, you lot know what YOU'RE doin', mate.....

      Yes, we guard what we consider sacred – our war dead. But our crown jewels hang between our legs – you lock yours in tower and guard THEM. Tell us again how much smarter you are...... ???

      October 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
    • B

      Go back to your hole. If it weren't for us "yanks" your yellow jacked-up tooth self would be speaking German right now.

      God bless our military men and women!

      October 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
      • Jim

        I don't care about the rest of the argument, and I'm not British, but this whole two wars thing is ridiculous. Stepping in at the last minute is not courageous. What saved Britain AND the US was Russia. US and British troops were poorly trained and not ready for combat. The US would have been floored had Britain or Russia been overrun, so get your history right before you quote it. I guess it's hard to remember if you missed the majority of the war hoping it'd all go away.

        October 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
      • ngc1300

        Jim is absolutely correct. Think what you may of the Russians, but if they hadn't paid the butcher in blood (20 million dead), things probably would have been quite different.

        October 29, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
      • Gadflie

        Where would the Russians have been without Lend Lease and the U.S. keeping the other front active? It was a joint victory.

        October 30, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • JCK

      We said Good Riddance to the F'n Brits in 1775........Kicked their A's in 1812... and if not for America they would now be speaking German ... how soon they forget !

      October 30, 2012 at 6:17 am | Reply
      • LCA_USMC

        Clearly you have no idea about the War of 1812...America pretty much lost every battle in that ill conceived war, including 3 separate attempts to take Canada. And the Brits burned the White House. The only success America had in that war was in New Orleans, after the peace treaty was signed. The Brit made a stupid comment, but yours shows remarkable ignorance.

        October 30, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Sonny

      We in the USA are wasting our time with this symbol. What about your symbol? You've got an old lady sitting in a chair that you call a throne. She has no power and you call her a Queen.Your paying taxes through the nose to support this symbol who does nothing. This person has a lavish lifestyle. Castles, planes, butlers etc.and all she has to do is stand in a window and wave at the stupids once and a while. Sell the castles. Repro the planes. A good used chair, a back scrather and motel 6 should solve your money problem.

      October 30, 2012 at 10:05 am | Reply
  31. KidIndigo

    Compare this to Honey Boo Boo Child "attempting" the National Anthem, reference the success of that TV show, and cross-reference with a growing majority of American society. 'Nuff said.

    October 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • abbydelabbey

      amen.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  32. BOBOBO81

    These guys are too stupid to suspend their pointless patrol. The US armed forces are fed the dregs of our society so it makes sense. You fools are calling dropouts and guys who joined to stay out of jail heros! I don't salute them, I spit at them. Damned cowards.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • Maggie

      Comments like this want to make me puke--your ignorance is showing. So sorry you could not qualify–bet you are also on the roles of the lazy, filth-laden and more than likely a felon. You make me sick, sicko.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
      • BOBOBO81

        I want to toss your salad maggie.

        October 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • KidIndigo

      BOBOBO81: It is true that some of those serving in our military are from the "dregs" of society, though I suspect what I consider the dregs differs from what you do. That being said, if they serve honorably, then they have elevated themselves, at the very least, to accepted members of any society. You spit at those honorably serving their country, and you have the audacity to refer to THEM as dregs? It seems you have serious unresolved issues. Get help.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • Jon Wilson

      We know you are a worthless troll, but you are a giant pile of trash that should be shot. You wouldn't know the first thing about service and self-sacrifice, you inbred piece of feces. You need to stand down with your worthless comments about MY brothers and sisters in arms.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      And yet they continually protect filth such as yourself...

      October 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • Carol

      What a jerk you are. My father, my husband and myself have all served in the military so people like you have your freedom to spout off like that. This warriors who guard the tomb are the finest in the world. That tomb has never been left unguarded since it was built in 1921. I say God bless each and every solider who has seen fit the fufill this duty.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
    • Carol

      Also just so you know – you must have a high school diploma and no police record to get into the military now. I know this as I worked as a recruter for a while.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • Bruning von Stauffen

      You are free to express any idea that crosses your mind because of them. And they are free to $@&% on your grave.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • Jamie Clark

      Okay, well, then go do it! Yep, go spit on them brave man – please, make our day......

      October 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
    • Dalton

      Bob, you are truly ignorant. As the father of a Marine (former active duty) and an Army Combat Engineer (current), both graduated high school and one is currently an oil rig supervisor. The military will NOT accept someone who doesn't have a high school diploma.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
    • USMC1407204

      Our current military, at least the branch that I am familiar with, is the brightest and best trained that the US has EVER had. The fact that over 75% of the generation between 17 and 24 yrs old is too fat, academically unqualified and/or has a drug record speaks volumes about the dregs that cannot qualify to be accepted in the service.The real dregs are these young people that couldn't hit their backside with both hands. The ethos of the current military is: the worthwhile are protecting the worthless.HOW TRUE

      October 30, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply
    • TheTruth

      Please feel free to move to another country.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • Carol

      You must be 12 years old. Does your mommy and daddy know you're playing on the computer? Or you weiner must be really small to come up with a comment like that.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • Jack Bauer

      People relax. Old Bobby here is just lashing out. See Bobby probably knows that he is worth less than our honored dead. He probably knows that the unknown warriors that reside in that hallowed tomb have done more for this country than he ever could or will do. He knows that even in death they are more honorable than him. Even dead, they are better Americans. He knows he will never, ever have other people so dedicated to his own sacrifice that they would be willing to honor his death on a bright, sunny day, let alone weather a ferocious storm.
      What Bobby here doesn't understand is that we view these people as brothers. We may have never met them, but those of us that have served know them. They were the guys we went to boot camp with, the guys we were barracks with and came to know during our every day life. And for some the less fortunate us, they were the ones we carried off the battlefield. But Bobby just can't conceive having love and appreciation for someone he's never met.
      People, do not feel anger toward Bobby, feel sorrow. He is an angry, bitter, hollow man and he knows no one will mourn his passing.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  33. Nick Johnson

    I salute you

    October 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  34. Nick Johnson

    I am in Jrotc and I am proud to have soldiers who will protect and defend our heroes. I salute you.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  35. Doh

    Doesn't matter what gets thrown at them, they'll still hold the line. Semper Fi!

    October 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • RJ

      Semper Fi is Marine Corp.
      These fine men are Army. Tertia Semper Prima

      October 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • Doh

      I know, but their exemplary actions are equally justifying the motto.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
      • Bubble Bubble

        No matter what you say, you sound like a moron. Shut up already. You can't save your stupid self from looking like a fool.

        October 30, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  36. SWCC X

    Well I will just say this unless you have served our country or have a family member that has or respect and honor the people that have, your opinion does not matter to us veterans anyway and never will. I think its Americas stupidity that you have no honor or respect for the men and women who defend your life on a daily basis and take this from a vet go to h@#%.........

    October 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  37. Joi Gibson

    When I go to Maryland, it is a must that I see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. It is remarkable and a sight to behold. I will never tire of it.

    October 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  38. Steve A. Harless

    For the life of me, I can never understand why folks like Josh, Mia, and Danielle can not find the smallest bit of decency to not criticize the valuable men and women who serve. I understand that they are young and stupid, but that is no excuse for outright meanness. These three don't really care about anything or anybody except themselves, and that's why they just had to write something that would be hurtful. This younger generation are so overly protected by society that they get some kind of sick pleasure by stirring things up any way they can to bring attention to themselves. They will probably never learn respect for others, and they will probably never admit that they wrote those hurtful words out of pure meanness. It's about character, and respecting one's self. If any one of the three had any respect for themselves, they would have never written those words to begin with. I am a Vietnam Veteran, and these kids parents did not respect what we did in that War, and it has been passed on to their kids, and this is the result.

    October 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • Lydia

      Well said and well written, Steve. Thank you for your service. My husband also served in Vietnam, as did my brothers, one of whom died for this country. So I say again, God bless America.

      October 30, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
  39. boarddog

    I have watched the changing of the guards twice at this memorial. I can not describe the intense feeling you get when you realize this guard has been manned continuously since 1948. The last time I had my children with me. I hope they never forget...

    October 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  40. John

    It is impresive what these guys do 24/7. I respect each and every one pf them. With us weathering out this storm in our houses, or shelters, those soldiers are standing their posts. You can't feel anything else but pride

    October 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  41. Jeff

    Some folks don't understand the concept these people stand for. and what perhaps your fathers, grandfather or other past generations have fought for and why current generations are still fighting for. If you don't understand it accept it instead of criticizing and name calling. This a concept that the US was built on.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  42. Leon

    Standing gaurd through a hurricane for the unknown soldiers. I am speechless with respect and one day hope I can live up to the level of honor and commitment the old gaurd have shown me.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • ORChuck

      Mr. Leon makes an excellent point when he says, " I am speechless with respect and one day hope I can live up to the level of honor and commitment the old guard have shown me."

      This story can, I hope, inspire all of us to try to live up to this, to be worth of this, to make our country worth of this every day.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  43. Mr. Rich

    And hundreds more men and women with the same sense of duty and honor will be sent out into this weather today and in the coming days to aid and rescue our sorry a**es. The only difference is that their uniforms will be national guard uniforms. Understanding the word "honor" and living it are two different things. Next time you see a serviceman/woman in uniform, get over yourself, shake their hand and thank them. You don't know how good you have it because of them and those that went before them.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  44. Josh

    There's no dishonor in taking shelter during a hurricane; it's called not being an idiot. The dead don't care. I'm a medically retired vet and I'm calling this out as a silly dog & pony show.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • Jamie Clark

      You're right, Josh, the dead don't care. You don't care – hell, none of us should care. As a matter of fact, let's just forget about it all – your pension included. After all, it's only a financial "dog and pony show". Something the nation does for you just to show you that it cares – no need for that kind of crap. You were doing it all for your country, right, Josh? Why do we need to show you we care by paying you money? And these men, we don't owe then anything, right, Josh? They're dead – they don't know what they sacrificed – so why should we care?

      You don't deserve to call yourself a vet, Josh, if you can't understand why we should care. We should care BECAUSE THEY DID!!

      October 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
      • Shelly Vest

        Thank-you Jamie! I'm glad to know there are "true" Americans like yourself out there.

        October 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
      • chistery

        Actually they DO call off the honor guard in certain cases:

        From the society website: “The tomb guards have contingencies that are ready to be executed IF the weather conditions EVER place the soldiers at risk of injury or death — such as lightning, high winds, etc. This ensures that sentinels can maintain the tomb guard responsibilities while ensuring soldier safety. It is the responsibility of the chain of command from the sergeant of the guard to the regimental commander to ensure mission accomplishment and soldier welfare at all times.”

        So yes. We HONOR the dead, but we also PROTECT the living. As a retired medic I'm certain Josh knows all about that. These are the Armed Forces, not a cargo cult.

        October 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
      • John

        I was going to write a reply to the idot Josh's remarks, but I think you said it best. I couldn't put it any better. Good job!!!!

        October 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • boarddog

      You sir can shove your head where the sun don't shine!

      October 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • Hadenuffyet

      Now , you knew you had this coming didn't you......

      October 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • John

      Thank you for your service and your comment Josh. Now, to the Tomb Guards, well done. Nearly all Americans are proud of you and your devotion to duty. You are an inspiration to many of us.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • Nick Johnson

      Josh and anyone else who thinks the men should take safety are idiots. You people shouldn't be here in the us cause u don't understand that they r doing the thing every other soldier is doing right now, protecting and serving our country. They r the only reason that u can be in your house and be safe. If they didn't u would be dead. And I wish u were dead. U didn't go fight for your county, u carried needles. My grandfather was a real soldier. I will solute and not walk on his grave but I won't solute u when your dead and will walk on your grave. Go root in he'll.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
    • ORChuck

      There is a shelter that can retreat to if it becomes impossible.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  45. son of WW II vet

    MIA, perhaps you and Danielle can get a "2 for 1" special on travel arrangements for exiting the country– it isn't about the dead, it is about the living who are living free because those unknown warriors have died to keep it that way for all of us, some wind and rain is nothing compared to the reality of war. War has never stopped due to some inclement weather

    October 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  46. fiftyfive55

    I like to think that if the weather becomes too bad,they will bring the guards inside.There is no dishonor to the site if a full fledge hurricane is blowing and the guards are taken to safety.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • Trelane

      According to the society website, that's what they do in cases like high winds and lightning. They don't call it off in high and low temperatures, but they DO have exceptions to help protect the lives of the guardsmen:

      “The tomb guards have contingencies that are ready to be executed IF the weather conditions EVER place the soldiers at risk of injury or death — such as lightning, high winds, etc. This ensures that sentinels can maintain the tomb guard responsibilities while ensuring soldier safety. It is the responsibility of the chain of command from the sergeant of the guard to the regimental commander to ensure mission accomplishment and soldier welfare at all times.”

      October 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  47. jmg

    Protect these brave soldiers as they carry out their solemn duty to stand watch over their fallen comrades. For those who don't understand why they would do this, I pity you for not understanding the brotherhood of serving in the armed services. People don't join the military because it's easy or safe.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  48. Proud American

    I've had the honor of visiting the Tomb. If nothing else in our wonderful country makes one proud to be an American, this is it. I'm not surprised one bit that the guards will continue their duties. A hurricane? That's nothing for these superheroes!

    October 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  49. Mia

    This is really dumb & dangerous for nothing. The soldiers should be somewhere SAFE, not out in the middle of an epic storm. I highly doubt the tomb's dead are going to give a rip.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • Dean

      It is barely raining. Its a sign of honor, respect and commitment, something many people do not have around here.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
      • Madiya Nieves

        Danielle even though you are obviously stupid, the wonderful women and men of our armed forces still stand ready each and every day to protect your freedom.God bless those tomb guard!

        October 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • mom in michigan

      Mia, soldiers don't sign on to play it safe-case in point-the navy seals who disobeyed Obama's orders to NOT go to the aide of our ambassador in Lybia and who stood alone against OUR enemies on a roof w only machine guns to use against that mob. They were horribly outnumbered-it was a lost cause, but they did it anyway-because that what someone who has a NOBLE, COURAGEOUS AND UNSELFISH spirit does. To do otherwise is cowardly! And to BETRAY that kind of loyalty is TREASON. "Greater LOVE has no man than would lay his life down for his friends..."-the Bible.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Jamie Clark

      Sent from the iPhone no doubt, Mia? Truly heartfelt, I'm sure.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • John

      You just don't get it, and you probably never will, no matter how many times someone tries to ecplain it to you. Maybe a visit to the "Tomb" will help you realize that you are completly wrong. May "God Bless" the 3rd Infantry Regiment and the US military.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
    • John

      I hope that some day you are old enough and wise enough to understand. Based on your comment, I believe that you are young and simply haven't learned better. I hope that you aren't older and STILL don't know any better.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  50. Dean

    I was going to go stand out there with them today...but the cemetary is closed for visitors :(

    October 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  51. Danielle Ribbot

    I really don't see how there is any honor in this. They are risking life and limb to stand in front of a gravesite. This only displays America's stupidity. Nothing more

    October 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • Pat Dufault

      you are a jerk

      October 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • George R.

      if you "dont understand"... you never will ..sad... God Bless these men and othe ones the guard.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • Chuck

      Do you have no concept of honor? Of duty? If all you are concerned about is being safe and secure, then this will look like stupidity to you, but for the rest of us it reminds us of the commitment by our Armed Forces to do whatever it takes to protect our country and to never abandon a comrade.

      I hope you can come to see this for yourself.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • KellyV

      These are people that have fought for our freedom. The soldiers standing guard are honoring fallen heroes that never got a proper burial. Their families have never been able to say goodbye or have a place to visit them.
      Your comment displays your stupidity for not understanding that.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
      • Jamey

        Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to say....only I don't think it would have come out as nicely :) It's hard enough losing a loved one, but to just not know for sure would be almost impossible to live with.

        October 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • son of WW II vet

      to Danielle Ribbot
      You evidently are one of the "new" generation,, the one that has no sense of duty or honor,,, if you think the sacrifice and honor of those who have served to keep America strong and free is no big deal I am sure you can find another country to live in that feels the same way.. why don't you "self deport"?

      October 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
      • Doh

        While I agree with most of what you said, I'll have to take issue with your claim that the "new" generation has no sense of honor. I have 3 members of my family currently serving overseas, and we are of this "new" generation.

        October 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
      • Jackie

        @Son of WW II Vet: I didn't see anything in Danielle's post that indicated she thought the sacrifices of our armed forces are "no big deal". She only stated that she thought guarding a gravesite was a sign of stupidity and not honor. Like you, I am the child of a war veteran and I am also far too old to be considered part of the "new generation", but I agree wholeheartedly with Danielle. Guarding the gravesite of the dead, no matter how great their sacrifice or how big of heroes they might be, is a futile symbolic gesture that serves no purpose but to waste time and money, and in the case of a hurricane, possibly put the lives of the guards in danger. The brave soldiers buried there do not know or care that their graves are being guarded. Their time on this earth is gone. They live now only in the memories of their loved ones and in the history books. They deserve to be honored and respected for their sacrifices, but guarding their graves does nothing to bestow honor on them.

        October 30, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • paula

      Obviously Danielle you have never been apart of something so amazing. These men protect their fallen comrades. They are not just bodies to them, they are brothers in arms. If you knew of this feeling you would never say anything so crass. This is an honor and these men will die protecting this place and these soldiers just like they would for anyone in our country. Apparently you have no pride in state or country and have never stood by a man in his military uniform and felt the wave of pride. If you cannot support our soldiers do everyone a favor and don't abuse them with the free speech that you WOULD NOT have if it were not for them!

      October 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
      • Jackie

        What a wasted sacrifice it would be if one of these guards dies protecting someone who is already dead.

        October 30, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Shelly Vest

      You are a Troll and a very ignorant one at that. You are obviously UN-American. Shame on you to post that on here.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • Jamie Clark

      If you see no honor in what these men do, Danielle, then it's simply because honor is a term you will never understand nor a trait you will ever possess. But hopefully you will understand that you are able to express your distaste for others' values only because at another time and another place someone valued honor above all else.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • Charlie Burt

      What exactly do think the military stands for and does? They risk life and limb everyday for this country. And honoring their fellow service members has a great meaning to them. If you don't appreciate what the men and women of service do for our country, no matter the task, and you think it's just "America's stupidity" then stuff your unpatriotic opinion and ship off somewhere else.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • BasicMarine

      You obviously don't know anything about honor. Sometimes you do things very unsafe (or, stupid) in the military for the sake of showing that no matter what may come or pass there is someone ready to protect the values and ideology of America.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
      • mom in michigan

        On behalf of my family-THANK YOU BASICMARINE. What you do DOES matter. You are among the most noble among us, and one of the best things we still have about our country.

        October 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • halligator

      You're right.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • Sara

      This is a great honor and somthing you obviously do not understand or believe in. These men risk their lives for your freedom. And you dare say anything bad about them. Shame on you. This is what the military is about.....never leave another behind. God Bless America!

      October 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • Daughter of a Vet.

      You are truly ignorant. I feel bad for you. Actually, no I don't. Someone to have the balls to say something so stupid deserves no sympathy.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • VnVet

      Mnay, many times I stood in the rain during a tour of duty in Vietnam. The VC didn't stop attacking or shooting rockets at us. Many, many times I manned a Missle Crew in Germany during cold and frigid snowstorms. The Communists also didn't leave their sites.
      I am sure you had experiences like this during your time of service – you have served, HAVEN'T YOU ?

      October 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
      • mom in michigan

        THANK YOU VNVET for serving and striving to protect and honor your country. If you haven't seen it yet-there is an awesome movie out "Last Ounce of Courage" that I would love for you to see. If you do, I hope it encourages and gives you hope that there ARE young people like my kids and me that LOVE AND RESPECT AND APPRECIATE our servicemen and women!!!!!

        October 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • USMARINE65

        Semper Fi Brother and Welcome Home!

        October 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Annie M

      Who cares what your opinion is. Zero from zero equals zero.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • John

      Obviously you know nothing of honor, but a whole lot about "stupididity. "God Bless America"

      October 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
    • boarddog

      If that's the way you feel perhaps you should leave this country for another. Better yet join the services and THEN give your uninformed opinion!

      October 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Bob O'Donnell, USAF Retired.

      You are obviously a left wing moron. It is one of the highest honors to be selected to serve in the Old Guard. You may think this is stupid, but they don't. They are committed to honoring our war dead, all of them, that are represented by the tomb of the Unknown. You should be ashamed to call your self an American.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:53 am | Reply
    • Phil

      I served our country in the Military for 25+ years, and consider it not only an honor, but also a PRIVILEGE to have had the opportunity. I'm absolutely sure those outstanding members guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns share my sediment. Sad you can't seem to see the value of DUTY and HONOR.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • paratrooper_us

      Danielle – I do not expect you to understand why these men would do this. I do not expect you to even thank these men for doing this, or any Service Member for their service. And to be honest, WE REALLY DO NOT CARE. I have been to places that you would not want to go, I have slept in places were you would not walk. I have been cold and tired but could not sleep – for it was my privilege to wear the uniform, to defend the country that I love, to stand next to my Brother and fight with him. It was also my privilege to hold one of my Brothers as he died, to be the last one he saw as he left this world, defending the right for someone as IGNORANT as you to bad mouth this GREAT Nation.

      We do not fight for ignorant people such as yourself, we fight for Honor, God and Country. We fight because we do not want to let our Brothers down.

      This memorial symbolizes all of the Men and Women that have paid the Ultimate Sacrifice, and has yet to truly return home. It memorializes Men and Women that were thoughtless, whether they believed in why they were fighting was not the issue, it was that they believed in their Brother-In-Arms, a bond so strong, that someone of your mentality will never concept.

      Now if you will please give me your address so I know where to send the one-way ticket to any country that you think is greater than the USA as long as you do not return.

      October 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  52. Cecil Cranford

    This is what makes this country the greatest. Our armed forces. These are the people who provide me with my way of life. Without them we would not have our freedom. Because of them I can pray to Jesus to protect our people of the armed forces during this dangerous time. AMEN.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  53. selane

    god bless you and keep you safe thank you for your service

    October 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  54. Cori Hudson

    May God bless you all and keep you safe!!! Thank you for reminding us what it is to be Americans!!!!

    October 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  55. Mary Townsend

    That is true honor! I Pray God Bless Them & Keep Them!

    October 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply

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