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Why does the old guard keep day and night VIGILS?

Question of the Day: Why does the old guard keep day and night vigils?

Answer:

The sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are a platoon of Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). They go through a rigorous training cycle to earn the right to call themselves sentinels at the Tomb.

Although Soldiers who pass training are able to wear the prestigious Tomb Guard badge, the sentinels who earn the badge do not finish the training for the prestige of being one of only 576 Soldiers who have worn the badge; they do it because they are committed to giving back to these unknown Soldiers who gave everything they had - their lives, their identities - in sacrifice to their country.

The mission of the Tomb platoon is:

Responsible for maintaining the highest standards and traditions of the United States Army and this Nation while keeping a constant vigil at this National Shrine, and;
Whose special duty is to prevent any desecration or disrespect directed toward the Tomb.
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