In general, very little has changed for the sentinels at the tomb of the unknown soldier and yet there are micro changes that happen every few months. awesome picture from @arlingtonnatl! #throwbackthursday: the #tomboftheunknownsoldier
is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in all weather by sentinels who are volunteers from the @usarmy
oldguard, the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the @usarmy
serving our nation since 1784.
while on duty the sentinel marches 21 steps on a 63-foot rubber mat, faces the tomb for 21 seconds, turns again, and pauses an additional 21 seconds before retracing his steps. twenty-one is symbolic of the highest salute given to dignitaries in military and state ceremonies.
originally, a civilian watchman guarded the tomb and, then in 1926, a military guard from the washington provisional brigade, guarded the tomb during daylight hours. in 1948, when the #oldguard
was reactivated, they assumed the responsibility of guarding the tomb.
pictured sept. 12, 1955, are pfc. john d gira (left) and sgt. walter strohmeier (center left). pictured nov. 23, 2015 are spc. isaac redmond (center right) and spc. preston millison.
(historic photo courtesy of @usnatarchives, color photo and photo illustration by rachel larue, arlington national cemetery)
✴️education is 🔑! "humble yourselves under the mighty hand of god." 1 pet 5:6
slavery never ended ✖ @enditmovement
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