Tomb Sentinels of the Old Guard Continue Mission, Despite COVID-19
By Chris Eger
The dedicated Soldiers who stand round-the-clock guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery are still on their assigned post.
The U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment, best known as The Old Guard, has several specialty platoons and units including the Army Drill Team, Caisson Platoon, Continental Color Guard, and Presidential Salute Battery. However, the Regiment, which is the active-duty infantry unit in the Army, is perhaps best known for the Sentinels of the Tomb Guard, who continue in a mission that began over 80 years ago.
“For us, it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is,” said Capt. Harold Earls, Commander of the Guard. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas morning, if it’s a hot day, a cold day, if it’s thunderstorms, if it’s raining, if it’s a hurricane or if it’s a coronavirus, we’re always here, we are always guarding.”
Earl said that the unit is taking extra precautions to comply with guidelines pushed out by the CDC and Pentagon, but the mission will go on.
“I think it’s important for us to show to this country that we haven’t forgotten, that we will never forget the sacrifices that these Soldiers made, that the Missing In Action, the