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May 19, 2009

Changing of the Guard:Man Crosses rail gets yelled at!

To visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is truly a humbling and awe-inspiring event. In all the time I have spent there, I have never seen this happen or even heard of it happening until now. The people that were there probably witnessed something more rare than winning the Powerball lottery. They saw a guard break ranks to challenge and warn a tourist who “crossed the line”.

( Lower LEFT side of the screen ) A man drops his water bottle during the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and gets yelled at by a guard for crossing the rail.


Wild Thing's comment..........

I never saw this happen before or heard of something like this happening. I bet the man that droped his water bottle was shook up. hahahhahaha

God bless our troops!!!!

Posted by Wild Thing at May 19, 2009 05:48 AM


It is the rules. You must be careful. I'm sorry he dropped his water bottle, but he should have been more careful. The tomb of the unknowns is a sacred, quiet place. The rules are for your own safety and the safety of the honor guards.

Posted by: Lynn at May 19, 2009 08:16 AM

I bet that guy was embarrassed. But then, those guards aren't playing games; they're as serious as a heart attack.

Posted by: BobF at May 19, 2009 09:04 AM

I bet the guard has been transferred.

Posted by: Marvin at May 19, 2009 09:18 AM

This small act, Chrissie, just gave me a much needed boost in my sense well being.

Posted by: Rodger Schultz at May 19, 2009 09:31 AM

Sorry Marvin but having done guard duty(elswhere) I can just about guaranty the guard was NOT transferred- he was probably promoted!!

Posted by: Fercryinoutloud at May 19, 2009 11:10 AM

The Sentry went to Port Arms, immediately, that is what he's suppose to do. They are entrusted with the guarding the Tombs, rain or shine or Hurricane. They take their job seriously.

Good for him.

Posted by: Mark at May 19, 2009 12:16 PM

Did you know that there will never be any more Unknowns? All branches of the service now maintain DNA databases on all personnel. If they can find a chunk of you, they will be able to identify it, and send you home.


Posted by: Bill McNutt at May 19, 2009 12:28 PM

Instant reaction. Notice the Sgt of the Guard points to the trespasser at exactly the same time the guard responds. The Sgt of the Guard returns to his dialogue.

Posted by: TomR at May 19, 2009 12:57 PM


Posted by: MM at May 19, 2009 01:28 PM

Dropping a water bottle is not as unforgivable as Obama holding his hands over his crotch in deliberate disrespect for the National Anthem.

Those Sentinels reacted instantly and appropriately as Honor Guards who have stood watch over the Unknowns since 1926.

"Soldiers never die until they are forgotten.
Tomb Guards never forget"

God bless these Sentinels.

Posted by: Jack at May 19, 2009 03:07 PM

Lynn, your right, I just love how fast
he reacted, like in the blink of an eye.
I agree Lynn that guy should have been
more careful, he was messing with the
bottle or he would not have dropped it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 19, 2009 07:17 PM

BobF., yes they have very strict rules for
a reason and this video is awesome to show
just how serious those rules are taken.
I really loved seeing this.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 19, 2009 07:20 PM

Marvin, he did a good thing, so he
won't be in trouble at all.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 19, 2009 07:23 PM

Rodger, thank you so much. I loved it

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 19, 2009 07:25 PM

Fercryinoutloud, thank you for sharing
about when you served guard duty.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 19, 2009 07:27 PM

Mark, thank you for sharing about it.

This has always been something so
awesome to me. I love the strictness,
the rules of it, the tradition and
how every single thing about it has
a meaning to it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 19, 2009 07:31 PM

Bill McNutt, wow that is really something.
I am so glad, it breaks my heart when a
family does not know like with so many in
the past.

It makes this one even more special.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 19, 2009 07:34 PM

Tom, oh wow good catch I missed that before.
Thank you Tom.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 19, 2009 07:36 PM

What is interesting is that the fence wasn't always there. I visited the Tomb back in 1999 and there was no fence. In fact I have pictures somewhere of standing about five feet from the end of the walk (the black pad) and taking pictures straight on of the soldier who was on duty (never walking directly into the area). The only rule then was to maintain silence, and while I was there people respected the area while the ceremony was going on without the fence. If I remember correctly, everyone just stood on the steps. I guess times change............... and the Sentinel did his job, as he is suppose to.

Posted by: Steele at May 19, 2009 07:37 PM

Jack, yesssss well said, thank you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 19, 2009 07:42 PM