Almost everyone on the East Coast has taken refuge during Hurricane Sandy, almost. The soldiers guarding the The Tomb of the Unknown are still outside, even though the storm is expected to reach winds up to 80 mph.
Soldiers who were from the 3rd Infantry Regiment assigned stand infront of the the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and guard it were still standing as strong winds and heavy rain pelted their bodies in Washington D.C. on Monday afternoon, FOX News reported.
The weather conditions will continue to worsen as the storm is expected to last for nearly 36 hours, however the soldiers are continuing to guard the tomb that has been protected continuously since 1948.
Currently, there are no plans to remove the soliders from guarding the tomb.
The story has resignated with those who are stranded by the storm, with them taking to Twitter and sharing the story along with their thoughts:
@aat1990 wrote, "tomb of the unknown soldier during hurricane sandy. say a prayer for the east coast and for the men and women," along with sharing a link to the touching picture. @Merrittorious96 tweeted, "The fact that the tomb of the unknown soldier is the only thing not shut down in D.C... how incredible." @JediMasterYoder posted, "This is on of the coolest things I've ever seen. Soldiers on guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier."
The soliders also stood guard during Tropical Storm Irene last year, and even though they were told they could seek shelter, they refused to to, NPR reported. The soldier was burried on March 4, 1921, after World War I.
A civilian watchman was first responsible for the security of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but that changed on March 24, 1926 when a military guard from the Washington Provisional Brigade (forerunner of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington) started providing service during daylight hours, the U.S. Army's website wrote. Finally in 1948 the 3d U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard" started tp secire the post. That brings us to current day where the 3d Infantry’s Honor Guard continue to watch the tomb today.