What NOT ‘Standing Down’ Looks Like – UPDATED

Hurricane Sandy is no match for The Old Guard.


God bless them.

NOTE: This photo may, or may not, be actually from today. It is pretty much going viral today all over Facebook and the blogs. Just know for a fact that these guys do stand guard at The Tomb of The Unknown 24/7/365, regardless of the weather. We are typically in awe of these fine young men and their duty, but often times we are so caught up in the disaster that we forget these men never leave their post, no matter what. This is a worthy reminder.

Oh, and my bad … I am reminded in comments, “BAYONETS!”


The first photo is reportedly from September. While it’s not really a fake photo, it is misplaced as to the actual time it was taken. A list of photos being credited to Hurricane Sandy that are not that you may be seeing on the social media feeds today. The second photo of The Old Guard on duty is from earlier today from The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.


3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) – Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), keeps guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Hurricane Sandy at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Oct. 29, 2012. Hyde lives by the Sentinel’s Creed which in part says “Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability”. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.)

Again … BAYONET!

(This post was edited to update photos and correct information…)

4 thoughts on “What NOT ‘Standing Down’ Looks Like – UPDATED”

  1. I’m pretty sure that at least on of them is muttering under his breath “I really hate the rain”.

    Also: bayonets!

  2. During the history of our great Republic our brave soldiers have prevailed and come out victorious over far more dangerous and difficult assignments.

    This will be no different…

  3. Bayonets — reminds me of something that occurred to me immediately during the debate when Obama was lecturing Romney about carriers and subs which in some strange form of logic was supposed to rebut Romeny’s claim that the Navy needs more ships, something Romney should have said. “But Mr. President, aren’t carriers and subs ships?” (Okay, they call subs boats, even if they’re larger than old school destroyers now, but you get the idea…)

    As for the guards, for what it’s worth, they have my permission to duck if they see an F5 twister approaching, complete with wreath of trailer park debris…

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