Letter: Here we remember

This Thursday, November 11, 2021, marks the centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Established on the east plaza of the Memorial Amphitheater, the Tomb represents all missing and unknown service members who not only gave their lives in battle; they also sacrificed their identities to safeguard and defend our freedoms.

The Tomb Guard, a volunteer, hand-picked unit in the U. S. Army, 3rd U. S. Infantry Division (also known as the Old Guard), has stood watch at the Tomb since 1926 and has kept eternal, continuous vigil since 1937. The changing of the Tomb Guard takes place every hour on the hour from October 1 through March 31 and every half hour from April 1 through September 30.

In addition to the World War I Unknown laid to rest 100 years ago this Thursday, the Tomb also includes three crypts containing the remains of Unknowns from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Another crypt remains empty to represent all our nation’s missing in action.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is our nation’s sacred shrine where we come to honor all our nation’s fallen. Here we mourn their loss; here we celebrate their service and sacrifice; here we remember.

“Soldiers never die until they are forgotten; Tomb Guards never forget.” – The Society of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 

Angela K. McDonald, Huntingburg

One Comment

  1. I was that which others did not want to be.
    I went where other feared to go, and did what others failed to do.
    I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness… Should I fail.
    I have seen the face of terror, felt the stinging cold of fear, and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love.
    I have cried, pained, and hoped… But most of all, I have lived times others would say were best forgotten.
    I however, will always be able to say that I was proud of what I was…
    A Soldier!
    Author: George L. Skypeck

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