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Images with a solider, (photo), placing a small American flag at the grave of the unknown soldier during a heavy storm at Arlington National Cemetery went viral

Image of a & # 39; dedicated & # 39; soldier placing a flag during a heavy thunderstorm during a heavy thunderstorm at the grave of the unknown soldier on Arlington Cemetery

  • An image of a soldier placing an American flag at the grave of the unknown soldier during a thunderstorm went viral
  • Flags are placed at every grave in the Arlington Cemetery on the Memorial Day weekend
  • Some soldiers were instructed to get up until a downpour stopped
  • But one soldier from The Old Guard went ahead and was praised for his dedication
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An image of a soldier placing an American flag at the grave of the unknown soldier during a heavy thunderstorm at Arlington National Cemetery went viral.

Every year the 3rd American Infantry Regiment, which places & # 39; The Old Guard & # 39; bears, flags at each grave in Virginia cemetery before Memorial Day weekend.

However, heavy weather blew in with heavy rainfall at the cemetery, along with stormy winds on Thursday.

Images with a solider, (photo), placing a small American flag at the grave of the unknown soldier during a heavy storm at Arlington National Cemetery went viral

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Images with a solider, (photo), placing a small American flag at the grave of the unknown soldier during a heavy storm at Arlington National Cemetery went viral

When the spectators sought cover, the soldiers continued their duty, including one that stood out from the crowd.

Determined to honor the dead, some soldiers were ordered to stand until the worst was over. Anyway they went further.

A Sentinel burial guard is one of the soldiers who guards the grave 24 hours a day, carries flags to the Unknowns and places them in honor of the fallen.

In a Facebook post, The Old Guard claimed: & # 39; During the storm, one of the most extraordinary displays of discipline and duty ever seen at Arlington National Cemetery took place at the grave of the unknown soldier.

& # 39; With only a few watching from the cover, a Tomb Sentinel approached the Unknowns with American flags in hand.

& # 39; As the storm shook the ground and the rains sniffed away without being left, the Tomb Sentinel pierced the elements with breathtaking precision.

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& # 39; He knelt down and placed the flags in honor of the Unknowns. For the select group that saw this moment, it was overwhelming. People have their limits, but The Old Guard still has to meet them. & # 39;

Every year the 3rd American Infantry Regiment, which places & # 39; The Old Guard & # 39; bears, flags at each grave in Virginia cemetery before Memorial Day weekend

Every year the 3rd American Infantry Regiment, which places & # 39; The Old Guard & # 39; bears, flags at each grave in Virginia cemetery before Memorial Day weekend

Every year the 3rd American Infantry Regiment, which places & # 39; The Old Guard & # 39; bears, flags at each grave in Virginia cemetery before Memorial Day weekend

A Tomb Sentinel

A Tomb Sentinel

A Tomb Sentinel

A Tomb Sentinel

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A burial guard, the role of the guard in the statue, is one of the soldiers who guards the grave 24 hours a day and places flags in honor of the fallen

The post has been shared and picked up more than 125,000 times by other social media channels.

Thousands of houses in the D.C. area lost power in the storm, which also knocked down a significant number of trees, WUSA TV reported.

A comment on the post identified the guard as Tyler McKee, according to the station.

The soldier in the picture was identified as Tyler McKee and was praised for his dedication

The soldier in the picture was identified as Tyler McKee and was praised for his dedication

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The soldier in the picture was identified as Tyler McKee and was praised for his dedication

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located at Arlington National Cemetery, was founded in 1921, when an unidentified soldier was buried at the newly created memorial.

Three figures have been sculpted in the panel: Valor, Victory and Peace.

It also bears the words: & # 39; Here lies an honored American soldier in revered glory but known to God. & # 39;

A Tomb Sentinel from The Old Guard watches over it and walks back and forth across a 3-meter-long walkway and takes 21 steps each time. The sentry then looks at the monument for 21 seconds, turns, and pauses another 21 seconds before repeating his steps.

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The number 21 is symbolic of the highest greeting given to dignitaries in military and state ceremonies, according to the website of The old guard.

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