According to War History Online, the tomb was initially constructed in 1921 to honor the unidentified military service members who had given the ultimate sacrifice in World War I, later expanding in 1931 to honor the unknown soldiers who lost their lives in all other American military conflicts as well.
Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment, also known as “The Old Guard,” are tasked with serving as an honor guard for the tomb. They take that solemn duty incredibly seriously, insisting through their actions — and at times even their words — that visitors treat the site with the honor and respect it deserves.
On Memorial Day this year, President Donald Trump, like many presidents before him, visited the site to place a wreath near the grave, giving honor and respect to those who gave their lives in service of the country, Fox News reported.
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Unfortunately, not everyone is in tune with the solemn nature of the venerable site, and have failed to display the proper level of quiet respect that those unidentified heroes earned through their service and sacrifice.
One such moment was captured on video several years ago and posted online. It shows one of the Tomb’s stoic honor guards momentarily break from his strict and symbolic routine of guarding the tomb to rebuke an unruly group that had become too loud, essentially telling them to “shut up” in no uncertain terms.
Not a peep was heard following the guard’s scolding to the crowd, as they apparently grasped the disgrace of acting that way in a place of such honor.
Good for this guard for demanding the crowd’s respect. The virtue of honor and respect is slipping in American society and must be fought for, especially when it comes to respecting those who have fought and died for our freedoms.