Serving at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Tomb) was a defining period in the lives of Tomb Guards. Although Tomb Guards come from every state in the United States of America (U.S.) and every walk of life, they are forever bonded through their shared experience of service at the Tomb. A strong bond was formed through an extremely demanding and humbling experience.
February 26, 2021 – Centennial Tidbit #17 Released
February 26, 2021
The Centennial Committee is happy to release #17 of our tidbits leading up to #TUS100. This two-part episode returns to the USS Olympia and her role in the Battle of Manila Bay. The second part will...
February 22, 2021 – Centennial Tidbit #16 Released
February 22, 2021
Centennial Tidbit #16 - Author Philip Bigler has been released. You can find more information...
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Did you know?
Is it true a Sentinel must commit for two years to guard the Tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.
No, this is a false rumor. The average tour at the Tomb is about a 18 months. However, there is NO set time for service there. Sentinels live either in a barracks on Ft. Myer (the Army post located adjacent to the cemetery) or off base if they like. They do have a living quarters under the steps of the amphitheater where they stay during their 24 hour shifts. If they are of legal age, they may drink except while on duty.