Utmost respect: Solemn guard at the Tomb of the Unknown amid driving snow

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Meet the military men who stand solemn sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery amid snow, sleet, rain or withering sun — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

When many Americans wake up to inches of snow and don’t want to get out from under warm blankets — let alone drive to work — the soldiers who guard the Tomb of the Unknowns have already been at it, in fact, they never stopped.

They are there, hour after hour, for twenty-four hours a day, for the past 76 years.

Sergeant of the Guard, Sgt. 1st Class Tanner Welch, explained that since 1958 there have only been 621 badges awarded to honorable men who guard the Tomb come rain or shine.

The guarding of the Tomb of the Unknowns began in 1926 and has been around the clock since 1937.

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