Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Guards Plants Flags Despite Tornado Warning and Torrential Rain

""Some had to be ordered to stand down from planting flags, still determined to continue to honor the fallen"

May 26, 2019
Arlington National Cemetery

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Today we remember... and we will never forget. 

At Arlington National Cemetery this week, in preparation for Memorial Day, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) planted flags as they do every year, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. But the severe storms that have swept through the U.S. the past few weeks, bringing violent thunderstorms, flooding & tornadoes, did not hold off for the ceremony. 

Through sheets of rain, loud thunder claps & a tornado warning, a Tomb Sentinel unflinchingly continued to honor the Unknowns with flags. 

The Regiment shared the touching moment on their Facebook page and has since gone viral. As the post relayed, "Some had to be to ordered to stand down from planting flags, still determined to continue to honor the fallen."

Incredible, beautiful & touching.

"Humans have their limits, but The Old Guard has yet to meet theirs."