Soldier places flags honoring Unknown Soldier in downpour at Arlington National Cemetery

A Tomb Sentinel from "The Old Guard" places a U.S. flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (Photo: 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment/Facebook)

ARLINGTON, Va. (WTHR) - A torrential downpour did not deter The Old Guard from honoring fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Every year, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," plants flags at each grave in the Virginia cemetery ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

As they fulfilled their duty Thursday, however, severe weather blew in, with heavy rain pouring down on the cemetery, combined with high winds.

But as onlookers ran for cover, the soldiers carried on. Determined to honored the fallen, some of the soldiers were ordered to stand down until the worst of the weather passed.

In a Facebook post Friday night, The Old Guard described "one of the most extraordinary displays of discipline and dedication to duty ever to be witnessed at Arlington National Cemetery" at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A Tomb Sentinel, one of the soldiers responsible for guarding the tomb 24 hours a day, carried his flags to the Unknowns and placed them in honor of the fallen.

"For the select few who saw this moment, it was jaw-dropping," the post read. "Humans have their limits, but The Old Guard has yet to meet theirs."

A comment to the post identified the guard as Tyler McKee.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier dates back to 1921 when the remains of an unknown soldier killed in World War I were exhumed in France and returned to the United States. That November, on Armistice Day, President Warren G. Harding officiated the soldier's interment in Arlington.

The unknown dead from World War II and the Korean War received a place of honor beside the tomb in 1958 under the watch of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Unidentified remains from soldiers who were killed in the Vietnam War were honored at the cemetery by President Ronald Reagan on Memorial Day 1984.

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