All-female guard change for the first time in 84 years
As the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier prepares to mark 100 years at Arlington National Cemetery, a historic first occurred during a guard change on Friday.
The Old Guard tweeted, “For the first time in 84 years of surveillance, on 30,770th day of continuous guarding, the Guard’s 38th Sergeant changes to the Women’s Guard.”
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“We commemorate the achievements of these trail-blazing Tomb Guards,” said the Old Guard social media. “While this historic event may be the first, it is not the last. Our rank, race, gender, or any characteristic will never be hindered with diversity, but will only increase the execution of our sacred mission. As we As we recognize this memorable day, we reflect on the unknown and his ultimate sacrifice. The world will never know his name. The poetry of his life in defense of this great nation was silenced. We will never forget his sacrifice, And we will never fight because our standard will remain perfection.”
During this time of year, the military guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is changed in an elaborate ceremony that takes place every hour from October 1 to March 31, and every half-hour from April 1 to September 30.
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Twenty-four hours a day, soldiers from the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, known as “The Old Guard”, watch over the tomb. Tomb Guards, also known as “Sentinels”, are selected for this prestigious and highly selective position only after rigorous training and a series of examinations. The Old Guard has performed this specific duty since 1948.
On November 11, 1921, the unknown was placed on a horse-drawn caisson and carried in a procession across Washington, DC and the Potomac River. A state funeral ceremony was held at Arlington National Cemetery’s new Memorial Amphitheater, and according to Arlington National Cemetery, the unknown was buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Website.
Arlington National Cemetery is planning a public celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for Veterans Day. The hashtag #Tomb100 is already being used on social media platforms to mark the occasion.