The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier Scripts History With Its First All-Female Guard Change

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will soon be marking 100 years at Arlington National Cemetery. Apart from this significant achievement, another milestone of great importance that has taken place is the all-female guard change that occurred with the 38th Sergeant of the Guard. This has happened for the first time in the 84-year vigil of the tomb on Day No. 30,770 of continuous guarding.

The Old Guard took to social media and said, “We commemorate the achievements of these trail-blazing Tomb Guards”.

“While this historic event may be a first, it is not the last. With diversity in our ranks, race, gender, or any characteristics will never hinder, but only enhance the execution of our sacred mission. As we recognize this monumental day, we reflect on the Unknowns and their ultimate sacrifice. The world will never know their names. Their life’s poetry was silenced in the defense of this great nation. We will never forget their sacrifice, and we will never falter as our standard will remain perfection.”, it added.

More about The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Created in 1921, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was a simple marble slab. It had the remains of one unidentified service member who died in World War I. The Army started guarding the tomb in 1926 and from 1937 onwards,  soldiers established a 24/7 presence at the memorial. To be eligible to become a tomb guard, soldiers need to undergo extensive training in arms and uniform preparation and face several tests before becoming a tomb guard.

The guard changes every half hour in the summer. In winters, it changes every hour. There is always someone to keep a watch at it. Crowds of tourists throng the tomb every year.

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