A member of the Army’s 3rd US Infantry Regiment assigned to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was forced to address tourists with a commanding presence recently, after the Tomb visitors began acting in a disrespectful manner.
The unidentified Tomb Guard was filmed -by Jeremy Ferrett last week- performing his duties until the crowd became a little too chatty.
“It is requested that all visitors maintain an atmosphere of silence and respect,” the guard bellowed before returning to his post.
Armed with M14 rifles, the Tomb Guards are part of an elite unit in their own right. Considered one of the highest honors in the US Army, less than 20 percent of all volunteers are accepted for training, and even fewer actually complete the rigorous training required to walk the 63’ black mat that is laid in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns.
The prestigious Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Guard Identification Badge is so rare, that it comes second only to the Astronaut Badge.
The Soldier “walking the mat” is no mere ceremonial figurehead. Trained to defend the tomb at any cost, the sentinels will confront anyone who disrespects the tomb, be it crossing over barriers or being too loud. In all weather conditions, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the tomb is guarded under the watchful eye of highly-disciplined sentinels, ready to protect those who died nameless in the name of freedom.
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