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Photo of guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in storm goes viral
The Washington Examiner ^ | October 29, 2012 | Charlie Spiering

Posted on 10/29/2012 11:57:05 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

This photo of soldiers guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the rain has gone viral over social media especially Facebook in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

Soldiers of the 3rd Inf Reg. continue to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, despite the worsening weather conditions surrounding Hurricane Sandy. The tomb has been guarded continuously since 1948.

The photo was taken by Karin Evink Markerton at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, September 18, 2012, in the rain.

Markerton posted a note on her Facebook wall to people tracking the origin of the photo.

"For everyone who has asked, yes, the picture of the changing of the Tomb Guards is one that I took, was taken last month. The link to my online album is below, with the original photo. Apparently the picture has gone "viral", which is kind of shocking me today.

I've seen it a bunch of places, with credit given to a whole lot of other sources. That just doesn't matter to me. What's most important, and please remember this, is that no matter how the photo ended up on everyone's computer, I am just so very proud of these soldiers and the mission that they fulfill every day.

The Old Guard Soldiers were not only guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier today, but also participating in funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, filling thousands of sandbags, dragging water buffalos and generators around. There are some amazing men and women in this unit. It is such a blessing to get to know them, the service of the soldiers and support of their families.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 3rdinfreg; bayonets; country; duty; honor; oldguard; tomb; unknowns

1 posted on 10/29/2012 11:57:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

One of the best places to visit if you go to D.C. Really special.


2 posted on 10/29/2012 11:59:54 AM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When will they be deserted at their posts?


3 posted on 10/29/2012 12:03:57 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I was a member of the military for almost 40 years and had the privilege of seeing “The Old Guard Soldiers” on several occasions. They are some of the best soldiers ever.


4 posted on 10/29/2012 12:04:38 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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To: PaleoBob

Last time I was there, I was humbled to share viewing the Changing of the Gurad with a group of WWII veterans on a Honor Flight Tour


5 posted on 10/29/2012 12:05:37 PM PDT by cyclotic ( Obama's golden halo is really just a rusted hubcap)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

My Son-in-Law knows those soldiers. He was in the Old Guard. Sadly, he says there are too many Obamabots who won’t appreciate it. They’ll say the money paying their salary ought to go towards getting them Obamaphones. :-/


6 posted on 10/29/2012 12:06:26 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Note to the Kenyan; apparently we still use bayonets for honorable purposes. Not that he’d know this directly.


7 posted on 10/29/2012 12:10:47 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: PaleoBob

If your blood pressure is running a little low today, go visit the democrat underground site posts regarding this photo. Your blood pressure will be back to a normal high in no time. Thankfully, there are, even there, some who recognize the importance of honoring those who gave all.


8 posted on 10/29/2012 12:17:14 PM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

A while back I saw the suggestion that such duties should only be performed fully capable soldiers in the absence of suitable disabled veterans.

On the surface it sounds outrageous, but the idea is that it shows a continued respect for veterans, an appreciation of their sacrifice, and a recognition that, though disabled, they are still capable of many things.

Then the issue arises as to which duties would be most appropriate. There are many memorials, museums and funereal duties around the US.


9 posted on 10/29/2012 12:26:34 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Oooh, look! Bayonets!
10 posted on 10/29/2012 12:45:42 PM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Bayonets!


11 posted on 10/29/2012 12:49:19 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The clown occupying the White House is not fit to polish the shoes of these soldiers.


12 posted on 10/29/2012 12:59:08 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I can see 0bama now, ordering that the bayonets be removed from these soldier’s rifles. He’s probably shouting ‘that photo on Twitter is hurting my campaign!’ LOL


13 posted on 10/29/2012 1:02:26 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: muir_redwoods

Gosh, I never thought about it. I bet those guys were there all during 9/11 as well. Wow! What amazing people!


14 posted on 10/29/2012 1:03:54 PM PDT by Hanna548 (s)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If that doesn’t stir your patriotic pride . . .

Indeed,one of the most memorable things to see, ever.


15 posted on 10/29/2012 1:07:51 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That picture sort of sums up America’s situation today, with FEW of us trying to maintain dignity and hold-the-fort defense of America’s Founding Fathers’ principles (i.e., The U.S. Constitution), in a storm of Communist/Leftist/Progressive Agenda gutter dwellers who want everyting given to them FOR FREE, out of our pockets......


16 posted on 10/29/2012 1:09:57 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Has he ordered them to Stand Down yet?

Pray for America


17 posted on 10/29/2012 1:22:12 PM PDT by bray (Islam- A billion medieval savages can't be wrong!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I was USAF Honor Guard [not at Arlington] and had to serve at funerals in TX, OK, NE national cemeteries ...

We prided ourselves in never falling out ...

Here is an example, from Arlington:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_D5simC_mI


18 posted on 10/29/2012 1:27:20 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Liberals will never understand a grown man.

19 posted on 10/29/2012 1:42:25 PM PDT by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

thanks

I “facebooked” it on my FaceBook page, linking directly to the Facebook page the photo is from, without the newspaper article.


20 posted on 10/29/2012 1:46:19 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just remember that THIS PHOTO was taken in September and NOT today


21 posted on 10/29/2012 1:53:00 PM PDT by Dacula
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
More honor than the Unknown Pres__ent ever possessed or deserved.

Semper Fi!

22 posted on 10/29/2012 1:59:40 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: cyclotic

My wife & I were there three weeks ago (we’re vets).

Very, very moving even though the weather was perfect.

The Old Guard keeps the faith for all of us.


23 posted on 10/29/2012 8:38:25 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Free speech is more important than Islam.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Twenty years ago my 10 year old son and I sat for more than two hours on a very cold, foggy March evening with spitting sleet and watched in silence the walking of the guard.

Today he and others stand on post somewhere in the world ready to guard our freedom. It is a disgrace that they do so at the orders and command of a sorry son of a bitch.

Ever go to Silver Taps? It’ll make you cry just the same as this.

Duty, Honor, Country stood in service of something good once.


24 posted on 10/29/2012 8:43:39 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Dacula

http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2512041#.UI9XqMWaXtt

And....here’s the REAL photo from today.


25 posted on 10/29/2012 9:33:34 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There are military guards all over the world who stand in rain and snow in 5 degree tempatures. They are honorable people.

I remember standing a 4 hour watch on a flight line while in the Navy. It was on the sea wall and the temp got down into the teens. All I had on was a pea coat and a white hat. Damn, my ears got cold!


26 posted on 10/29/2012 9:40:35 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To former friends and relatives. Don't ever contact me if you still support obama.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That is just a beautiful picture. I set it to my background.


27 posted on 10/29/2012 11:27:20 PM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

God bless the U.S. armed forces, wherever you are. I thank you for guarding my freedoms. I love you all.


28 posted on 10/30/2012 12:34:08 AM PDT by Factfinder
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To: grey_whiskers
These soldiers will protect their fellow soldiers in battle...and then in death.

All that the ahole pResident in OUR White House will do is watch them in a seven-hour battle, and DO NOTHING TO SAVE THEM.

29 posted on 10/30/2012 1:43:01 AM PDT by itssme
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The Sentinels of the Tomb

Sentinel walking the path in front of the tomb

Originally a civilian watchman was responsible for the security of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Then, March 24, 1926, a military guard from the Washington Provisional Brigade (forerunner of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington) was established during the day-light hours. In 1948 the 3d U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard" assumed the post following the units reactivation in the nation’s capital. Members of the 3d Infantry’s Honor Guard continue to serve in this distinguished duty today.

A soldier seeking the honor of serving as a sentinel at the Tomb must possess exemplary qualities, to include American citizenship, a spotless record, and impeccable military bearing.

While on duty the sentinel crosses a 63-foot rubber surfaced walkway in exactly 21 steps. He then faces the Tomb for 21 seconds, turns again, and pauses an additional 21 seconds before retracing his steps. The 21 is symbolic of the highest salute accorded to dignitaries in military and state ceremonies.

As a gesture against intrusion on their post, the sentinel always bears his weapon away from the Tomb.

Only under exceptional circumstances may the guard speak or alter his silent, measured tour of duty. He will issue a warning if anyone attempts to enter the restricted area around the Tomb, but first will halt and bring his rifle to port arms.

The Guard wears the Army Dress Blue Uniform, reminiscent of the color and style worn by soldiers during the late 1800’s. Tomb Guards are privileged to wear the Tomb Identification Badge on the right breast pocket. The design is an inverted open laurel wreath surrounding a representation of the front elevation of the Tomb. The words "Honor Guard" are engraved at the base of the badge. A guard leaving after at least nine months of service is entitled to wear the badge as a permanent part of the uniform.

30 posted on 10/30/2012 12:07:10 PM PDT by itsahoot (Any enemy, that is allowed to have a King's X line, is undefeatable.)
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To: Dacula
Just remember that THIS PHOTO was taken in September and NOT today

Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), keeping guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Hurricane Sandy, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

(Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.,/U.S. Army Photo/AP Photo)

31 posted on 10/30/2012 5:50:46 PM PDT by archy
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To: cyclotic

Last time I was there, I was humbled to share viewing the Changing of the Gurad with a group of WWII veterans on a Honor Flight Tour.


Last time I was there was with my late father, a WWII Navy flyer who was shot down and otherwise crashed into the sea 6 times and lived to tell the tale — and he was as humbled as you or I.

He passed away earlier this year, on Memorial Day.


32 posted on 11/01/2012 4:43:53 AM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: NCLaw441

If your blood pressure is running a little low today, go visit the democrat underground site posts regarding this photo. Your blood pressure will be back to a normal high in no time. Thankfully, there are, even there, some who recognize the importance of honoring those who gave all.


Such people should be exiled to a communist country, in other words, given their wish.


33 posted on 11/01/2012 4:46:06 AM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: PaleoBob

That must have been quite an honor, Bob.

The last time I mailed a “care package” to the guys and gals in the “sandbox” I had an elderly gent ask where the boxes were going. When I told him, he opened his wallet and paid BIG bucks for the boxes to go FIRST CLASS. I would guess that would be stateside until the APO address took over. The older guy spent close to $100 which made me ask why. He said said he was a WQWI vet and getting too old to shop, but NEVER too old to help pay the shipping. When we walked out together, I noticed his auto license plates “Pearl Harbor Survivor”. God Bless the guy as he’s already done his fair share of American duties.

My father, a WWII C-47 pilot in the China, Burma, India Theater, fell ill and passed away in 2002 before we could see the WWII Memorial together.

When I hear the argument between guys who served in different outfits, I would always reply that the contract said the government owned you and coming home in a box can happen to anyone. Bottom line - YOU SIGNED AND THAT MEANS YOU OFFERED YOUR LIFE FOR YOUR COUNTRY.

I heard a black cook turned into quite a Ma Deuce marksman at Pearl Harbor. In the military when things get bad...you do what you gotta do to come home. PERIOD. NO BRANCH OF SERVICE COMES INTO THE DISCUSSION WHEN THE JOB SAYS FIGHT OR DIE.


34 posted on 03/30/2013 3:21:08 PM PDT by PJ That Others May Live
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To: PJ That Others May Live

My father, a WWII C-47 pilot in the China, Burma, India Theater, fell ill and passed away in 2002 before we could see the WWII Memorial together


Thanks for the response. I’m sorry you didn’t get the chance to visit the memorial together. And belated thanks to your father. They were all such great men.


35 posted on 03/31/2013 6:12:11 AM PDT by PaleoBob
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