A Sunday Feel Good Story – Striving for Perfection

From TheVeteransSite:

For over fifty years, an elite group of specially trained U.S. Army soldiers have meticulously guarded the Tomb of the Unknowns — an elaborate sarcophagus monument dedicated to four unidentifiable soldiers who died in World Wars I & II and the Vietnam War.

The guards of the Unknown Soldiers, called Tomb Sentinels, work in twenty-four-hour shifts, most of which are spent tediously detailing their service uniforms. The process of preparing a proper Tomb Sential uniform includes pressing and steaming the coat & trousers, dilligently shining the shoes & holster, and hand-polishing badges & medals before measuring to one-sixty-fourth of an inch their placement on the coat. For a rookie, this process can take up to twelve hours, and for experienced guards only four to eight.

The badge required to become a Tomb Sentinel, which is earned by only one in ten trainees, is one of the most difficult badges to earn in the U.S. military.

Watch rare, behind-the-scenes footage of what it takes to be a Sentinel for the Tomb of the Unknowns.

While the focus is on honoring those soldiers who gave everything, including their identity, it’s amazing to see the amount of effort the Sentinels put into every detail of their job. They guard that tomb no matter the weather, no matter what.

guards in the rain

We salute you gentlemen.


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4 Responses to A Sunday Feel Good Story – Striving for Perfection

  1. Garnet92 says:

    I’ve seen this before and even posted it myself on Pesky Truth. It deserves to be brought back periodically to remind us of the dedication of not only these determined and proud soldiers, but the reverence that they hold for their duty. They are perfect representatives of our military and I, for one, am extremely proud of what they do.

  2. CW says:

    Great post, Kathy.

    It’s humbling to see the great respect that’s paid to honor the sacrifices of our soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

  3. Hardnox says:

    Hand salute!

    I am always in total awe of their dedication, honor, patriotism, and reverence for the fallen.

  4. upaces88 says:

    I feel sad for Our Military having Obama as Commander in Chief.
    I am fearful for them as well as us.

    God Bless Them All!!