The Sentinel’s Creed & Line 6

June 22, 2012 | Unknown Friday

The Sentinel’s Creed is the Tomb Guard standard. The 99 words of the creed captures the true meaning of their duty. You will often hear the words “Line 6[1] proudly uttered by Tomb Guards as they converse with each other or with their chain of command.

The Sentinel’s Creed

My dedication to this sacred duty
is total and whole-hearted.
In the responsibility bestowed on me
never will I falter.
And with dignity and perseverance
my standard will remain perfection.
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.
It is he who commands the respect I protect,
his bravery that made us so proud.
Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day,
alone in the thoughtful peace of night,
this soldier will in honored glory rest
under my eternal vigilance.

– Simon 1971

by Dann G. Druen and Benjamin Bell

  1. *Line 6" refers to the sixth line of the creed, my standard will remain perfection.  ↩

  1. Ann Ogonowski September 3, 2012

    As an active duty Soldier in 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), line six will always be a constant reminder to me that no matter how great a job I think I am doing at my graphic design position, there will always be Tomb Guards who are flawless, which is what the rest of the Regiment strives to be too (if possible). But no matter how frustrating a day I have for whatever reason, I am always inspired to stay happy and motivated because I know that the Tomb Guards are doing more than me with less sleep and more pain. Line six is a brilliant reminder to all servicemembers that pride and honor is achieved through excellence always. The American public deserves nothing less than our very best…~ SGT Ann Ogonowski

  2. Dan Calabro October 31, 2012

    Beautifully spoken Ann. An inspiring reminder…

  3. Chris Loomis April 22, 2013

    This is a beautiful creed to strive for, we all should strive for perfection. Those that dedicate their lives to serve our country and protect those they’re sworn to protect are the heroes I admire. I’m currently writing a paper on the sentinels, and the tomb of the unknowns. I hope it does them justice. Thank you all for what you do!

  4. Robert T. Szacik SSG, Ret. September 14, 2014

    During the 20 + years in the army, when there was a need to show my subordinates the highest standards of a soldiers dedication that they needed to achieve, I would point to the picture over my desk of the guard at the Tomb. Glad to see Line 6 is still being followed.

  5. Eric Doan January 6, 2017

    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is truly an inspiring figure, and even as a student I can’t help but just stare in awe. I can only ever hope to be able to live up to these men, both who have served and are serving at this very moment.

  6. Dale Patterson July 3, 2017

    Very inspiring. Makes me want to try harder to be perfect

  7. Robert J. Strauch January 28, 2020

    Spent time in the ‘3rd Herd’, was a team mate of Robert Short (Badge 011). Had 5 weeks of training, Post One and nights. Many thing I have forgot, since I am in my 80’s. The one thing that has stayed and most proud of is the creed ‘my standards will remain perfection’. US56316058