The onslaught of Storm Jonas’ snow blanketing the nation’s capital hasn’t moved the cadre of soldiers from their post guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Tomb Sentinels have braved the elements to continue guarding the hallowed memorial as they did during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
Since April 6, 1948, Tomb Sentinels from the Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment’s “The Old Guard” have guarded the Tomb 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, told ABC. “They love what they’re doing and they’re dedicated.”
And while the rest of Washington may be dreading the storm, “a lot of the guys are looking forward to this and kind of excited about it,” Fox said.
“Our first shot from the Tomb during Jonas! #thestormawakens #stormjonas #blizzard2016 #snowday,” The Old Guard tweeted Friday afternoon.
Tribute tweets flooded in Friday and Saturday as more pictures of the Sentinels emerged online.