ARLINGTON, Va.(WUSA) — There is a sacred duty not even a pandemic can stop: a rite of continuity still carried out in Arlington National Cemetery even as much of the country shuts down.
The sentinels who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier recently marked more than 30,000 days of constant watch over the remains of unidentified U.S. service members — a streak persisting through the pandemic.
“For us, it doesn't matter if it's a hurricane, or if it's the coronavirus.” said Cpt. Harold Earls in an interview. “We are always here, we are always guarding.”
The Army’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, more commonly known as the Old Guard, continues to watch over the Tomb 24/7.