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Standing Guard Over The Tomb Of The Unknowns During Hurricane Irene
Monday, August 29th, 2011

Among the stirring images from Hurricane Irene is one of a lone tomb sentinel standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns as the storm swirls about him. That picture and others in the series have been spreading on Facebook and the web since Monday. 

The Tomb of the Unknowns is a monument dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified. On Memorial Day, it is tradition for the acting U.S. president to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, located in Arlington, Va.

Considered one of the highest honors to serve as a ceremonial guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, the tomb has been guarded continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, since July 2, 1937. Even in severe weather conditions, the guards do not leave their posts.

This is a look at the Tomb of the Unknowns and The Old Guard.

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A lone Tomb Sentinel, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, during his walk of reverence the day Hurricane Irene struck Arlington National Cemetery, Aug. 27, 2011.

(3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment - Courtesy)
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A member of The Old Guard walks in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, Aug. 27, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia.

(3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment - Courtesy)
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Honor Guard march into position at the Tomb of the Unknowns during a Memorial Day commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery, May 26, 2008.

(Brendan Smialowski - AFP/Getty Images)
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Former U.S. President George W. Bush joined by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Richard Myers, salute during the National Anthem at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Memorial Day, May 30, 2005.

(Tim Sloan - AFP/Getty Images)
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People listen to the National Anthem during a Memorial Day commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery, May 26, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia.

(Brendan Smialowski - AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Barack Obama holds a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, May 30, 2011.

(Brendan Smialowski - AFP/Getty Images)
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A soldier sits at a grave in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, May 25, 2009.

(Brendan Smialowski - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pearl Harbor survivor Col. Henry "Hank" Dettmar (Ret.), 87, gets a hand from his son, Joe, and fellow survivors while walking to the wreath-laying ceremony to pay tribute to Pearl Harbor's fallen at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Dec. 7, 2005.

(Chip Somodevilla - AFP/Getty Images)
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American military personnel prepare to attend the laying of a wreath by British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, July 21, 2010.

(Oli Scarff - AFP/Getty Images)
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Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment conduct the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns before Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, May 31, 2010.

(Chip Somodevilla - AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. soldiers arrive for a wreath laying ceremony on Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, Nov. 11, 2005.

(Joe Raedle - AFP/Getty Images)
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People sing the National Anthem during a Memorial Day service at Arlington National Cemetery, May 30, 2011.

(Brendan Smialowski - AFP/Getty Images)
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A soldier from the 3rd Infantry Regiment guards the Tomb of the Unknowns before Memorial Day ceremonies, May 31, 2010.

(Chip Somodevilla - AFP/Getty Images)
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A soldier paces at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Nov. 11, 2007.

(Brendan Smialowski - AFP/Getty Images)
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A sentinel from the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry marches at sunrise above the Tomb of the Unknowns on Aug. 26, 2009.

(Tim Sloan - AFP/Getty Images)
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Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial Guard participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Memorial Day, May 31, 2010.

(Chip Somodevilla - AFP/Getty Images)
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Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars salute during the National Anthem after U.S. President Barack Obama spoke during a Memorial Day celebration at Arlington National Cemetery, May 25, 2009.

(Pool - AFP/Getty Images)
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The sun rises as the changing of the guard takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Aug. 26, 2009.

(Tim Sloan - AFP/Getty Images)
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