Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Disrespectful Crowd Laughs at Tomb of The Unknown Soldier…Watch as Guard Smacks Them Down

A crowd learned an important life lesson at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, after being reprimanded by the guard on duty.

Showing respect is apparently hard for some people. When a crowd in attendance at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier didn’t properly appreciate the solemnity of the occasion, the guard on duty straightened them out with just a few words.

The crowd burst into laughter for an unknown reason, as the guard was pacing back and forth in front of the Tomb, performing the meticulous routine known as “walking the mat.” Protecting the Tomb is his number one duty, but commanding silence out of respect for the honored dead is a close second.

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When the laughter began, the guard instantly halted, pivoted, and confronted the crowd.

It is requested that everyone maintains a level of silence and respect,” he demanded.

The guard was holding his M14 rifle in front of his body in the “port arms” position, signifying his role as the sentinel standing between the Tomb and any potential threat.

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He held his position until the crowd was silenced. When dignity was restored, he turned and continued his rounds.

Serving at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Being selected to serve as the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is one of the highest possible honors, as only 20% of volunteers are accepted into the training program, and only a fraction of those volunteers become Tomb Guards.

Tomb Guards are all members of the U.S. Army, part of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment known as the “Old Guard.” Guards do not wear rank insignia, as they should not outrank the Unknowns interred there.

The Old Guard has served since 1784, which makes it the oldest Army infantry unit to still serve on active duty.

Each movement of “walking the mat” contains exactly 21 steps, with a 21 second pause before changing direction. The moves are symbolic of the highest honor of a military funeral: the “21-gun Salute.”

On the Tomb’s West Panel are inscribed these words:

HERE RESTS IN

HONORED GLORY

AN AMERICAN

SOLDIER

KNOWN BUT TO GOD

9 comments
  1. I remember seeing an item on the guards of the tomb. If one completes a certain level of service, he is awarded a special pin. At the time it was stated the pin had been awarded to fewer soldiers than the Congressional Medal of Honor. This guard has upheld the honor of the monument and should be awarded this pin.

    1. As a 67 yr old AMERICAN PATRIOT, it saddens me to see this, too. People in our GREAT Nation have not been taught the values, traditions, and convictions of what it means to , first, fight for and defend this Nation, with the understanding that he/she could be coming back home under our FLAG, and second, each individual has the duty and responsibility to HONOR the life given up for them to be here in The United States of America with the freedom for them to NOT choose to be in the military. Our public schools have failed to teach, instead choosing to indoctronate.

  2. The WILLFULLY IGNORANT LIBERALS of America respect no one or for that matter anything as well. If this type of People(Pedo Joe, Balddie Bernie, Nutsy Pelousy, Schmuck Schumer, GONADler, Schitt for Brains Schiff, AOC, Omar, any Democrap at all)get into power America is DOOMED. Their WILLFUL IGNORANCE will destroy everything America stands for.

    1. WE STILL HAVE OUR SECOND AMENDMENT AND WASHINGTON AND THE BOYS OF 1776 WARNING OF THIS DEMOCRAT NAZI PARTY… WOW GEORGE WAS RIGHT.. ALMOST 250 YEARS AND THE BOYS KNEW TO WARN US AND GIVE US THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO TAKE CARE OF THE MATTER AT HAND. IF THEY STEAL IT WE WILL NOT LET OUR TRUE PRESIDENT LEAVE AT ALL. WE WILL SHOW THEIR LITTLE PISS ANTS HOW TO BATTLE…VETERANS TO THE RESCUE AGAIN…..

  3. As a 67 yr old AMERICAN PATRIOT, it saddens me to see this, too. People in our GREAT Nation have not been taught the values, traditions, and convictions of what it means to , first, fight for and defend this Nation, with the understanding that he/she could be coming back home under our FLAG, and second, each individual has the duty and responsibility to HONOR the life given up for them to be here in The United States of America with the freedom for them to NOT choose to be in the military. Our public schools have failed to teach, instead choosing to indoctronate.

  4. I spent 22 years in Special Forces, been places and done things that even these tomb guards couldn’t imagine doing, but when this guard stopped and commanded their respect it made the hair on the back of my neck stand erect! De Oppresso Liber!

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