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Photo of the day: Sandy and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

posted at 12:20 pm on October 29, 2012 by

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The motto of the Postal Service really belongs to the Marines: Neither rain nor sleet nor snow……….

Bitter Clinger on October 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Say, aren’t thos bayonettes?

bofh on October 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM

From the First Army Division East Facebook’s photos:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151202408468236&set=a.106798673235.92882.100490833235&type=1&theater

“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.”

whatcat on October 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

The motto of the Postal Service really belongs to the Marines: Neither rain nor sleet nor snow……….

Bitter Clinger on October 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM

That’s Army.

whatcat on October 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM

That gave me goosebumps.

gophergirl on October 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM

bayonettes

jrsrigmvr on October 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Awesome picture for some perspective. Can you please forward this to the Dept of Labor?

conservative pilgrim on October 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

awesome pic! Thanks Allah

CoffeeLover on October 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM

That’s Army.

whatcat on October 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM

That’s right. I had forgotten that.

I should have said “Armed Forces”.

Bitter Clinger on October 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

“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.”

whatcat on October 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Perhaps the WH should put these guys in charge of getting the labor numbers out on time.

NotCoach on October 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Say, aren’t thos bayonettes?

bofh on October 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM

They have horses at Arlington National Cemetary also.

dhugh on October 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Awesome. And yes, those are bayonettes. But it looks like they soon may need one of those ships that go under the water.

MikeinPRCA on October 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Beautiful.

ThanksMo on October 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I love that photo…is their a position more coveted in all of the U.S. military, than those chosen men?

They have never left their post…and that is why Benghazi is so important, those men never left their post…but someone in Washington left theirs…

right2bright on October 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Bayonets.
They’re not just for Marines.

tomg51 on October 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

May we soon have a commander-in-chief who is worthy of these men, both of the dead and the living.

Wethal on October 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Thanks for linking this photo. Awesome indeed.

DaveDief on October 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I think even lorien1973 will agree that that is rain.

Cindy Munford on October 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

EXCELLENT

cmsinaz on October 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Standing in the rain is not optimal. Do these soldiers have enough information to safely stand in the rain?

BobMbx on October 29, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I love that photo…is their a position more coveted in all of the U.S. military, than those chosen men?

Master of Ceremonies at a Tailhook convention?

BobMbx on October 29, 2012 at 1:20 PM

First Army’s facebook link is a better one, Allahpundit. Can you send the traffic there instead?

winoceros on October 29, 2012 at 1:29 PM

The image linked right now isn’t actually a photo from today. The Old Guard DOES have images from today.

The sentiment stands… the Honor endures.

https://www.facebook.com/oldguard

Mr Michael on October 29, 2012 at 1:39 PM

They’re definitely standing guard today, but the picture is from September 12, 2012.

DarthBrooks on October 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Excuse me – September 18, 2012.

DarthBrooks on October 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I was in DC when the last hurricane came through there and was at the Tomb as the first rain and wind bands were rolling through and they were still dutifully standing their posts. Pride doesn’t begin to describe it. They continued throughout the hurricane.

jnelchef on October 29, 2012 at 1:46 PM

The Old Guard is the oldest active-duty Infantry Regiment in the U.S. and serves as the escort to the President and premiere ceremonial unit in the Army.

Fort Myer, VA · http://www.army.mil/oldguard

The Old Guard ‏@The_Old_Guard from Twitter

@washingtonpost We truly appreciate the support. However, this photo was taken in Sept. This is #Sandy http://goo.gl/OC5lz
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4h The Old Guard The Old Guard ‏@The_Old_Guard

@tjortenzi Thanks for posting the pic about @The_Old_Guard, but that is not from today. This one is http://goo.gl/OC5lz
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5h The Old Guard The Old Guard ‏@The_Old_Guard

@samir This was not taken today. We posted a pic today https://www.facebook.com/oldguard

Old Guard, today Hurricane Sandy:
http://www.facebook.com/media
/set/?set=a.515517068472407.121621.109701809053937&type=1

Old Guard, September

http://www.poynter.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/unknownlarge.jpg

“Karin Markert says Monday has been a “real big lesson in social media,” after a photo she took in September of sentinels guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns in the rain confused many news organizations and social mediaites who thought it was taken during Hurricane Sandy.

Markert’s husband, Col. James C. Markert, is the regimental commander of the Old Guard, which conducts honor-guard duties throughout the Washington, D.C., area, including round-the-clock vigil at the tomb, in Arlington National Cemetery. (Yes, they’re out there during the hurricane.)”

http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/193503/tomb-of-the-unknowns-photographer-learns-a-real-big-lesson-in-social-media-today/

Viator on October 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM