Blizzard Won't Stop Soldiers Standing Watch Over Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers


The blizzard on the east coast today has shut everything down, from airports to trains to roads and bridges. Businesses and government alike are in day two of huddling indoors against nature's fury. But there is one place where you will find that duty and honor stand against the cold. It's at Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns. 

As reported by ABC, the soldiers who stand watch are not deterred. Tomb Sentinels they are called, and their dedication will not cease. 

Much as they did during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Tomb Sentinels will brave the elements to continue guarding the hallowed memorial.

Since April 6, 1948, Tomb Sentinels from the Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment's "The Old Guard" have guarded the Tomb for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year regardless of the weather.

“These guys will be out in the snow, no matter what,” said Major Russell Fox, a spokesman for the Army’s Old Guard. “They love what they’re doing and they’re dedicated."

In addition to their watch - twenty-one paces, a turn, twenty-one paces - they will take on the extra task of shoveling snow from the plaza, so as not to impede their guard. 

Every hour. Every day. Every year. That's the American military. Watching over their fallen, and over each of us.