Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Snow storm does not deter ‘Sentinels’ from guarding the Tomb of the Unknown

See also

The Foundry reports today, February 15, 2014 that during the raging snow storm, the sentinels never stopped guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

During the history making snow storms throughout the eastern shores of the United States, business, schools, transportation, airports, and governments were shut down – some from precaution and others out of sheer necessity.

However, there was one unit of people who were not deterred from their duty to walk the guard trail up and down the pathway that honors the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb, in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. It is located directly across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial.

The Washington Times reminds us in their report written by Cheryl K. Chumley, that these dedicated sentinels are present twenty-four hours a day every day of the year walking the pathway of honor.

In her column she titled, “Utmost respect: Solemn guard at the Tomb of the Unknown amid driving snow” she pays homage to these dedicated servants who daily pay homage to our American military soldiers who lost their lives all over the world defending the rights of all mankind no matter how hot or cold the climate.

The guarding of the Tomb of the Unknowns began in 1926 and has been 24-hours since 1937

Ms. Chumbly writes: “The federal government may have shut its doors due to weather conditions — but the guards tasked to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier aren’t so quick to abandon their posts. With what’s being billed as the storm of the season dumping inches of snow on the Washington, D.C., region, leaving a cloud of closures in its wake — Capitol Hill, area schools, airports, Metro bus service and almost all government offices in Maryland, the capital city and Virginia — the stalwart sentries for some of America’s most revered military sites stand tall and fast.”

At least 6 inches of snow covered the area in Rockville, Maryland where 300 flights were canceled. Weatherman predicted the snow would continue to fall and turn into freezing rain and these dedicated sentinels were undaunted. Included in Ms. Chumbly’s report is a video of a sentry who explains about how they perform even in extremely bad weather. ~~~~

You may wish to subscribe to this page by using the tab above. It is free. You will receive in your inbox notification each time a new article is published.

You may also wish to scan some of the other articles written by this author by checking out her "content" page. Atlanta News You Can Use

Advertisement

News

  • Israel, Hamas clash in Gaza
    At least 550 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the third week of the war
    Video
    Video
  • Pro-Russia guards
    President Obama criticizes pro-Russian rebels for blocking off the MH17 crash site
    World News
  • National Guard at Texas border
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border
    US News
  • Unlikely Putin defender
    The unlikeliest US politician comes to the defense of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin
    Politics
  • iPhone 6 coming soon
    Apple is gearing up for the iPhone 6, orders tens of millions of units
    Tech
  • Gynecologist settlement
    Johns Hopkins agrees to $190M settlement for patients recorded by gynecologist
    Strange News