As Hurricane Sandy hits the East Coast, some people refuse to leave despite evacuation warnings. Same goes for the Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Regiment who have stood guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Virginia's Arlington National Cemetary throughout the storm. The photo of three men standing guard went viral today on Twitter and Facebook as the storm spirals through the East Coast.
CBS reported that apparently the photo on Twitter (pictured) that went viral showing three guards in front of the tomb was actually not from today but it still lies as a testament to their dedication.
The Old Guard reported on Twitter that the photograph was actually taken in September.
CBS reported that the tomb was erected in World War I and is in honor of unidentified soldiers killed in nay war. It has been guarded continuously by 3rd Infantry's Honor Guards since 1948. Despite the dangerous storm weather, the guards stook by the tomb.
"According to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, soldiers aren't necessarily guarding the tomb in the open air after the cemetery closes for extreme weather, which it has done due to Sandy. Instead, they wear camouflage and keep guard from a protected area," reported CBS.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located in Arlington Cemetary and is one of Arlington's most popular tourist sites for people to pay respect for the soldiers who have lost their lives. The tomb contains the remains of unknown soldiers from World War I and II, the Korean Conflict and The Vietnam War.
"Each was presented with the Medal of Honor at the time of interment and the medals, as well as the flags which covered their caskets, are on display inside the Memorial Amphitheater, directly to the rear of the Tomb," says Arlington National Cemetary's website.