Friday, March 25, 2016

Flashback Friday - Martin Wiles

Practice Gets You Closer

They were battling uncontrollable elements again. This time it was hurricane Sandy’s pulsating rain and relentless wind.

“Old Guard”-the name given to the 3rd Division Infantry Regiment in 1847 by General Winfield Scott, is the official Army Honor Guard. They have escorted Presidents since World War II and serve as military funeral escorts for those buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Perhaps their most touching and honorable duty is guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier-a feat they have continually accomplished since 1948. I’ve witnessed this “walking the mat,” heard the boot heels click when the 63-foot mark was reached, listened as the wind whispered through the cemetery, and wiped away tears that meandered down my face as I marveled over their dedication. Read more...


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