Tomb of Unknown Soldier Guarded During Sandy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Before the cemetery was closed for the day, Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), keeps guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as Hurricane Sandy approaches.(Photo: Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr./ AP)

Before the cemetery was closed for the day, Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), keeps guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as Hurricane Sandy approaches.(Photo: Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr./ AP)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Arlington National Cemetery has been closed to tourists because of Hurricane Sandy, but the Army continues to stand guard over the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The Army's Third U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard, is responsible for guarding the tomb.

Regiment spokesman Maj. John Miller says when the cemetery closes, the guard continues.

But it's not the familiar, choreographed 21-pace guard that the public typically sees. Instead, soldiers in combat uniforms guard the tomb from a small enclosure covered by a green awning known as "the box," about 20 feet away.

Miller says if the weather becomes intolerable, the tomb can be guarded from a room inside a nearby amphitheater. But no such order had been given as of Monday afternoon.


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