Old Guard soldier spotted performing duties in 85 mph winds

Screenshot from the video below

The Old Guard is making headlines following a wet and windy weekend in Washington DC, after the sentinels guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were filmed standing dutifully in the harsh weather.

With rain, lightning, and winds ranging from 60 to 85 miles per hour on Saturday, the sentinels assigned to guard the tomb were subjected to extreme conditions that would have sent lesser guards into their guard shacks.

As the swirling mass of water and wind engulfed and buffeted the sentinel and his M-14 [which no doubt required extensive cleaning afterward], the Soldier did his best to maintain proper posture and pacing during his rounds.

The video was posted to Twitter by user PneaVille, who felt that the guard should get recognition.

Since 1921, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been guarded non-stop. Later on, it was determined that a special unit was needed to handle the task.

“Soldiers who guard the Tomb are volunteers thrice over,” reads a DoD website with information on the Tomb Guards. “They volunteer to serve in the Army, in the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, and as Tomb Guards.”

Less than 20 percent of all volunteers are accepted for training, and only a small handful make it through.

While on duty, sentinels traverse a 63-foot walkway in 21 steps. They then face the Tomb for 21 seconds before turning again. After pausing an additional 21 seconds, they retrace their steps with precision.

The number 21 is symbolic of the highest salute accorded to dignitaries in military and state ceremonies.

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