PICTURES: U.S. Army guards Tomb of Unknown Soldier during Sandy

Posted on: 2:46 pm, October 30, 2012, by , updated on: 09:02pm, October 30, 2012

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  • Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), maintains his vigil during Hurricane Sandy while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Oct., 29, 2012. In 1948 the Old Guard assumed the post following the unit’s reactivation in the nation’s capital. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.)

  • A Firing Party from Delta Company, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), leaves the columbarium area after conducting a funeral for a Veteran at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Oct. 29, 2012. Even with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard the Old Guard are still committed to honoring our Nation’s Veterans. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.) Digital

  • Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), takes his twenty-one steps across a water soaked mat while guarding the Tomb during Hurricane Sandy at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Oct. 29, 2012. The Tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Snow, rain, wind or heat has never stopped the Tomb Sentinels from guarding the tomb for over 64 years. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.) Digital

  • Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), keeps guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Hurricane Sandy at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Oct. 29, 2012. Hyde lives by the Sentinel's Creed which in part says “Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability”. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Arlington National Cemetery has been closed to tourists because of Hurricane Sandy, but the Army continues to stand guard over the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The Army’s Third U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard, is responsible for guarding the tomb.

Regiment spokesman Maj. John Miller says when the cemetery closes, the guard continues.

But it’s not the familiar, choreographed 21-pace guard that the public typically sees. Instead, soldiers in combat uniforms guard the tomb from a small enclosure covered by a green awning known as “the box,” about 20 feet away.

Miller says if the weather becomes intolerable, the tomb can be guarded from a room inside a nearby amphitheater. But no such order had been given as of Monday afternoon. 

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