This past Friday was Veteran’s Day. It’s a time set aside by our government for remembering the service and sacrifices of those who have served in the military of our country. The National ceremony takes place at Arlington National Cemetery, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There are actually three unknown soldiers interred there. The first was an unknown WWI soldier. His casket was placed in the tomb Nov. 11, 1921. An unknown from WWII, and another from the Korean war were laid to rest there May 30, 1958.
A Tomb guard was assigned in 1923. A round-the-clock guard was established in 1937, and has continued uninterrupted since that day for these 80 years. It is a high honor to be chosen as a sentinel. Sentinels, all volunteers, are considered to be the best of the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), headquartered at Fort Myer, Va.
One side of the Tomb bears the inscription-
Here rests in honored glory
An American Soldier
Known but to God
In this season of Thanksgiving, it is fitting that we thank God for the liberties we and many other nations still enjoy because of the sacrifices of the American soldier.