Some Interesting Facts About The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier … Angie Jaggars

Because we now have DNA technology, there will never be another American unknown soldier!

To be a guard a soldier makes the following commitments for the rest of his/her life:

  • To be a guard for 2 years and live in the barracks under the tomb,
  • Cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty,
  • And cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.

After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as a guard of the tomb. There are only 400 wreaths presently worn.  The guard must obey the above rules for the rest of his/her life or give up the wreath pin.  All off-duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.  Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.  The tomb has been patrolled continuously 24/7, since 1930, even during Hurricane Isabelle in 2003. 

God Bless and keep them.