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June 3, 2021 TUS100 Update

Posted June 3, 2021

All, thank you again for your support to the Society as we work with the government on the national commemoration for the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier this year. Attached is the...

With the Hand of God He Will Be Delivered Home

Posted May 15, 2021 in Special Report

The words of George M. Cohan’s popular song were being repeated by Americans in cinemas, corner bars and even churches. People decorated their streets, buildings and homes with red, white and blue...

Standing the Watch Alone

Posted May 15, 2021 in Society Spotlight

Over the past few months the Centennial Committee has been working on the next edition to the stories behind the transportation of the Unknown Soldiers to the United States mainland. The first...

List of 2021 TUS100 Events

Posted May 15, 2021 in Centennial

The following events are being planned by the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS) in connection with various non-governmental, governmental, and non-profit organizations...

May 2, 2021 – TUS100 Update

Posted May 2, 2021

Latest update from the Centennial Committee can be found

Tidbit #28 Released - Special Drummers of The United States Army Band, Part 2

Posted April 27, 2021

Part 2 of our talk with Special Drummers of The United States Army Band "Perishing's Own" and their preparations on their first mission at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. View the tidbit...

Centennial Tidbit #27 Released

Posted April 21, 2021

In episode #27 we talk with artist Matt Tavares about his work on the children's book "Twenty-One Steps". You can view the tidbit...

April 16, 2021 - Centennial Tidbit #26 Released

Posted April 16, 2021 in Centennial

Since our last update we have released new tidbit spotlighting on the answer to the question “What does the Tomb of the Unknow Soldier mean to you?” and “What does the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier...

TUS100 Update – April 14, 2021

Posted April 14, 2021 in Centennial

Check out the latest UPDATE on TUS100 as well as the release of Centennial Tidbit #25 - Special Drummers of The United States Army Band, Part...

March 23, 2021 – TUS100 Update

Posted March 23, 2021 in Centennial

Did you know? On March 24, 1926 the Secretary of War issued orders to the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington to the "Establishment of an Armed Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown...

March 22, 2021 – Save the Date: Never Forget Garden Dedication

Posted March 22, 2021

The Oregon State Society Daughters of the American Revolution have announced that they will be dedicating a Never Forget Garden at Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinic in White City,...

Centennial Tidbit Spotlight - "Why is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier important?"

Posted March 22, 2021 in Special Report

The Centennial Committee recently asked a question about "Why is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier important?" Not only to the individual, but to what it means to our nation. In this video we share the...

March 18, 2021 – Never Forget Garden planned at first VA Facility in the US

Posted March 18, 2021

All, Spring is upon us and many individuals and organizations have jumped forward in their planning of Never Forget Gardens all across the US and in other countries, supporting the national...

March 15, 2021 – Centennial Tidbit #21 Released

Posted March 15, 2021 in Centennial

The Centennial Committee has hit a milestone with the release of Centennial Tidbit #21 - Spotlight on Twenty-One Steps.In this second short "spotlight" you will see the first reactions from a mother...

March 13, 2021 – Centennial Tidbit #20 Released

Posted March 14, 2021 in Centennial

Centennial Tidbit #20 has been released and it highlights retired USAF Master Sergeant Jari Villanueva with Taps for Veterans, and the bugler for the internment ceremonies on November 11, 1921...

March 3, 2021 – #TUS100 Update

Posted March 3, 2021

Over the past few weeks there have been updates to the website, releases of new tidbits, and the events list updated. You can view the press release...

March 2, 2021 – Centennial Tidbit #18 Released

Posted March 2, 2021 in Centennial

The Centennial Committee is happy to release #18 of our tidbits leading up to #TUS100. This two-part episode returns to the USS Olympia and her operational history after the Battle of Manila Bay....

February 26, 2021 – Centennial Tidbit #17 Released

Posted February 26, 2021 in Centennial

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

Posted February 22, 2021 in Centennial

Centennial Tidbit #16 - Author Philip Bigler has been released. You can find more information...

2021 Veterans Day Poster Competition

Posted February 18, 2021 in Centennial

The Veterans Affairs is hosting a contest for the design of the 2021 National Veterans Day Poster for November 11, 2021. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is the theme and instructions on how to...

American Rose Society President Article

Posted February 15, 2021 in Centennial

The Society has been working hand-in-hand with the American Rose Society for the past few years regarding the Never Forget Garden and identification of the rose used in October 1921 by Sergeant...

February 1, 2021 – Centennial Tidbit #15 Released

Posted February 1, 2021 in Centennial

The Centennial Committee is happy to release #15 of our tidbits leading up to #TUS100. This episode focuses on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Replica by the Exchange Club of Rome (GA). More...

January 26, 2021 – Save the Date: Never Forget Garden Dedication

Posted January 26, 2021 in Centennial

The American Rose Society has announced that they will be dedicating the Dave & Sandy Long ‘Never Forget Garden’ at America’s Rose Garden at the American Rose Center in Shreveport, Louisiana....

January 23, 2021 – Centennial Tidbit #14 Released

Posted January 23, 2021 in Centennial

Centennial Tidbit #14 (The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”) has been released onto our YouTube channel. In this last episode we will be talking with members of Pershing's Own about what its...

Teaching the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier webinar - January 26, 2021

Posted January 19, 2021 in Centennial

Historians from Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) will be hosted by the National World War I Museum and Memorial on January 26, 2021 at 7:00pm where they will talk about the new educational module on...

"Journey Home" by SSG Sara Corry (TUSAB)

Posted January 17, 2021 in Centennial

As the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier continues this year, we wanted again to share with you the work SSG Sara Corry of The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" (TUSAB).We...

Newest Tomb Guards

Posted January 17, 2021 in Society Spotlight

We are very pleased to announce that the following Tomb Guards have passed the Tomb Guard Identification Badge test: SPC Pulte (TGIB #686)SPC Springer (TGIB #687)SFC Porterfield (TGIB #688) The TGIB...

Society 2021 Reunion Update

Posted January 17, 2021

Reunion Registration The time has come to register for the upcoming 2021 Reunion. This year the reunion committee has decided to handle the registration process electronically. In order to register,...

January 10, 2021 – New Year Update and Call to Historians

Posted January 10, 2021 in Centennial

Please see the press release on our new website and a call to historians. View press release here: January 10, 2021 – New Year Update and Call to...

Standing the watch at Sea in 1958

Posted December 31, 2020 in Special Report

When people think about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, they think of the United States Army. Most are unaware that every time the Unknown Soldier was brought home it was aboard a US Navy vessel. In...

December 26, 2020 - Centennial Tidbit #12 and #13 (TUSAB) Released

Posted December 26, 2020 in Centennial

Please see the press release on the release of new Centennial Tidbits. View press release here: December 26, 2020 - Centennial Tidbit #12 and #13 (TUSAB)...

November 20, 2020 – Centennial Tidbit #10 (USS Olympia) & #11 (National Salute from Oregon) Released

Posted November 20, 2020 in Centennial

Please see the press release on the release of new Centennial Tidbits. View press release here: November 20, 2020 – Centennial Tidbit #10 (USS Olympia) & #11 (National Salute from Oregon)...

November 12, 2020 – Centennial Tidbit #7 (DAR), #8 (USS Olympia Marines Part 1), #9 (Olympia Marines Part2) Released

Posted November 12, 2020 in Centennial

Please see the press release on the release of new Centennial Tidbits. View press release here: November 12, 2020 – Centennial Tidbit #7 (DAR), #8 (USS Olympia Marines Part 1), #9 (Olympia Marines...

November 11, 2020 – French Embassy send message for Veterans Day

Posted November 11, 2020 in Centennial

November 11, 2020 – French Embassy sends a message for Veterans Day The French Embassy in Washington DC has helped the Society dive into the history behind the medals presented in October and...

November 5, 2020 – TAPS FOR VETERANS joins the National Salute

Posted November 5, 2020 in Centennial

Please see the press release on the Veterans for Taps joining TUS100 efforts. View press release here: November 5, 2020 – TAPS FOR VETERANS joins the National...

November 1, 2020 – Centennial Tidbit #4 (American Rose Garden), #5 (Maryhill Museum), and #6 (St. Paul’s) Released

Posted November 1, 2020 in Centennial

Please see the press release on the release of new Centennial Tidbits. View press release here: November 1, 2020 – Centennial Tidbit #4 (American Rose Garden), #5 (Maryhill Museum), and #6 (St....

October 2020 – Bells of Peace Phone Application

Posted October 27, 2020 in Centennial

Veterans Day and the National Salute are just around the corner. The United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars (formerly the World War I Centennial Commission) partnered with...

October 2020 – National Salute Events

Posted October 22, 2020 in Centennial

We are getting word from all corners of the United States about different National Salute events being created in your communities. With the local and national restrictions of COVID some people are...

Centennial Tidbit #3 Released

Posted October 15, 2020 in Centennial

A “spotlight” video interview in our Centennial Tidbit series has been released and we want to thank Jerry Frazier and the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for taking the time to show us their Never...

The Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Turns 20

Posted November 1, 2019 in Society Spotlight

Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 1999 We formed a Society that provided the infrastructure needed for Tomb Guards, past and present, to continue serving the mission as...

Book Review: The Unknowns by Patrick K. O'Donnell

Posted April 14, 2018 in Special Report

I was recently sent an advanced reading copy of The Unknowns by the editor and was also asked to write up a review for the Society website. The Unknowns will be released on May 22, 2018. Advanced...

From the President

Posted July 7, 2017 in Society Spotlight

by Gavin McILvenna (1997-98), SHGTUS President It been six months since I became the President, and it’s been even faster paced that I imagined it would be. I set many goals for 2017 back in January...

The Society has lost its champion, I have lost my best friend...

Posted July 7, 2017 in Society Spotlight

by Richard Azzaro (1963-65) "With heavy heart, I want to let you know that we lost a good soldier last night. He fought hard to the end.” With these words, a dutiful and loving son announced the...

Paying Our Respects...

Posted July 6, 2017

On January 18, the Society took time to remember Congressman Hamilton Fish III who passed away on this date in 1991. Congressman Fish III was a veteran of World War I (Captain, 369th U.S. Infantry...

Fifteen years ago today...

Posted September 11, 2016

A short note on this 15th anniversary of September 11th. We often get questions about the Tomb Guard and what happened on that day fifteen years ago. I emailed the Sentinel who was posted that day...

The Newest Tomb Guards

Posted April 15, 2016

The two newest Tomb Guard Identification Badges (TGIB) were earned after a lot of hard work. Private First Class Noah McKee earned TGIB #640, and became a SHGTUS Member. Sergeant Kevin Calderon...

Training the Honor Guard

Posted April 13, 2016 in Society Spotlight

by Benjamin Bell, (2001-2004) In January, SHGTUS received a request to train the Tampa, Florida based Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) Honor Guard. Back in 2012, several of the officers...

The path from straight and narrow to Broken Arrow

Posted March 31, 2016 in Society Spotlight

This quarter we are highlighting one of our members businesses, Broken Arrow Emergency Systems, which was founded by Eric Delaune (1997-2000). The company is located in Lafayette, Louisiana and...

National Moment of Silence

Posted January 14, 2016 in Centennial

By Gavin McIlvenna, Centennial Committee Chairman On November 11th, members of the SHGTUS Centennial Committee facilitated the inaugural National Moment of Silence (NMS) project in five states across...

Busting Historical Myths with Professor Buzzkill

Posted November 6, 2015 in Special Report

We are excited to announce that Lifetime Member Dennis McMahon (TGIB #320), was recently the interview subject of "Professor Buzzkill". Professor Buzzkill is a blog and podcast that explores history...

We Remember: William "Bill" Spates (TGIB #33)

Posted October 28, 2015

William Richard Spates, Jr. was born September 8, 1939, in Washington, DC to a family with a long history of service to the United States. An avid history buff, he enlisted in the United States Army...

Five Years After... we remember SSG Adam Dickmyer

Posted October 28, 2015

Adam L. Dickmyer was born on February 2, 1984 in York, Pennsylvania. He attended Mineral Springs Elementary and Middle Schools before graduating from Carver High School in 2002, where he participated...

Remembering SGT Franklin...

Posted October 2, 2015 in Special Report

Marvin “Lyle” Franklin Jr. was born on July 15, 1945 in Oklahoma City, where he graduated from Putnam City High School in 1963. He was a member of the Ioway Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, the Putnam...

Remembering our Fallen – SGT Franklin

Posted September 30, 2015

Tomb Guards Never Forget – SGT Marvin Lyle Franklin, Jr (TGIB #56) Marvin “Lyle” Franklin Jr. was born on July 15, 1945 in Oklahoma City, where he graduated from Putnam City High School in 1963. He...

Former Sentinel in the Spotlight

Posted September 30, 2015 in Society Spotlight

Former Sentinel Roy May (2002-04) has led a varied life — active duty soldier, Aggie Yell Leader and now barbecue pitmaster. May, Class of 2015 and Aggie Yell Leader from 2013-2015, has ventured into...

The Last Walk

Posted September 30, 2015 in Society Spotlight

On October 2, 2015 the first double Last Walk Ceremony in memory was held in the Memorial Display Room in Arlington National Cemetery. Just hours prior to this Sergeant Patrick Leamy and Sergeant...

International Beard Competition

Posted September 30, 2015 in Society Spotlight

I retired in 2013 and as soon as I signed out I stopped shaving and haven’t shaved since. It wasn’t an infantile response to authority as much as it was an “I’m just tired of shaving every morning”...

Bonus Army

Posted July 28, 2015 in Special Report

“The whole scene was pitiful.” July 28 marks the anniversary of the Army’s role in ousting the veterans of World War I from the national capital. The so-called “Bonus Army” was comprised of veterans...

Top of the World Turned Upside Down - A Tomb Guard's Experience at Everest

Posted July 7, 2015

This past April a SHGTUS Founding Father, Larry Seaton (Tomb Guard Identification Badge #106, 1970-71), set out to summit Mount Everest. He was present when a MW 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. He was...

Top of the World Turned Upside Down

Posted June 30, 2015 in Special Report

Four and one half years ago, at the age of fifty-nine, I discovered the world of alpine mountaineering. Since that beginning I have reached the summits of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Whitney in California,...

A Memorial Day poem: "Just A Common Soldier..."

Posted May 25, 2015

Larry Vaincourt's classic poem was first published in his 1987 Remembrance Day newspaper column. There are several incorrect versions of this poem circulating the web; below you'll find the original...

National Medal of Honor Day

Posted March 25, 2015

On this National Medal of Honor Day, we would like to share the citations for each Unknown as issued by the War Department and later the Department of Defense. World War I Unknown: By virtue of an...

African-American Tomb Guard recalls journey (guest post)

Posted February 2, 2015

On the first week of African Amercian History Month, we would like to share this guest post from US Army SSG Megan Garcia. It originally was posted via the Army News Service in 2012. ARLINGTON, Va....

SHGTUS Reunion Highlights - Remarks from Patrick K. Hallinan, Executive Director, Army National Military Cemeteries

Posted January 7, 2015 in Society Spotlight

At our 2014 reunion banquet we were honored to have Patrick K. Hallinan as guest speaker. Mr. Hallinan served as Superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery from October 2010 to July 2013. Here are...

SHGTUS Reunion Highlights - 'Arlington Sons' Performance

Posted October 19, 2014 in Society Spotlight

There were many highlights from this past reunion. Perhaps the most unique was the performance of the musical piece, Arlington Sons, by David and Richard Pittsinger. David is a renowned Broadway star...

Four SHGTUS Members recieve THE ORDER OF SAINT MAURICE

Posted October 16, 2014 in Society Spotlight

Last Saturday night at our 2014 banquet, four SHGTUS founding members received The Order of Saint Maurice on behalf of the National Infantry Association. The Order of Saint Maurice has five levels. A...

Remembering September 11th

Posted September 11, 2014

One of the most frequent questions we receive from our "ask your own question" section here at tombguard.org is about September 11th, 2001. Here is my perspective. On September 11, 2001 I was...

Thomas Hudson Jones

Posted June 10, 2014

Every soldier who has guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier since the 1930s knows that Lorimer Rich and Thomas Hudson Jones were the two men chosen as the architect and the sculptor of the Tomb of...

Gold Star Mothers: A Memorial Day Memory

Posted May 26, 2014

Lucky enough to have been one of the few who guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier I can share a few thoughts about this very special day. My early memories of Memorial Day prior to time spent in...

Memorial Day is Every Day for One Verizon Volunteer (guest post)

Posted May 25, 2014 in Society Spotlight

This is a guest post (repost) from the Verizon News Center corporate blog, written by Peter Casale. The true meaning of Memorial Day goes much deeper than a three-day weekend. It’s a day of...

The Tragedy of Heroism: Charles W. Whittlesey

Posted December 1, 2013

Charles Whittlesey was not one to acknowledge the accolades of others. He was a humble man but remained loyal to those with whom he served. His service in the First World War was the thing of legend...

Remembering 9/11/2001

Posted September 11, 2013 in Special Report

Today is the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As our nation commemorates this day, the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier remembers the innocent individuals who lost their...

Jumping Over Hitler’s Wall

Posted June 6, 2013

Late in the evening of June 5, 1944, small groups of young Americans from the All American and Screaming Eagle airborne divisions began boarding C47 aircraft for a short flight from airbases in...

A Moment of Personal Reflection - May 14, 1998

Posted May 14, 2013

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the disinterment of the Vietnam Unknown. It seems hard to believe that the middle crypt has been empty for that long. It now serves as a memorial to those that are...

Tomb Guard Identification Badge Ceremony Remarks

Posted April 19, 2013

The following are remarks delivered by Neale Cosby on March 14, 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery upon the awarding of Tomb Guard Identification Badge #612 to PFC Jacob Davenport. Mr. Cosby is a...

Reflecting on the Vietnam Unknown

Posted April 4, 2013

This is an abridged essay I wrote four years ago on Michael J. Blassie, the US Air Force lieutenant who would have been 65 years old today. 1LT Blassie was identified as the Vietnam Unknown in 1998....

Buglers of Arlington National Cemetery (Repost)

Posted March 27, 2013

Repost from Buglers of Arlington National Cemetery by Jari Villanueva via TAPS BUGLER TAPS can be heard an average of thirty times a day at Arlington National Cemetery. The bugle call is sounded at...

To Provide a Military Guard

Posted March 22, 2013

On March 2, 1926, Allen J. Furlow, a newly-elected Representative from Rochester, Minnesota, introduced what would become known as House Joint Resolution Number 185. The joint resolution called for...

Man of Sacrifice - Don Hollender

Posted December 7, 2012

Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) has its share of heroes. As far as the eye can see, the simple white headstones are testament to their sacrifice. At some point we learn of those that stand out. Don...

Tomb Guards Never Forget… Adam Dickmyer

Posted October 28, 2012

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the loss of Adam Dickmyer. He was killed in action on this day in 2010, in the Kanda-har Province of Afghanistan, protecting our freedoms. Adam was a husband,...

Frederick Douglass honors “The Unknown Loyal Dead” at Arlington National Cemetery [May 30, 1871]

Posted August 17, 2012

This is a guest post by John Muller, from The Lion of Anacostia, via the Ghosts of DC. Arlington National Cemetery, the pre-Civil War home of Robert E. Lee, is a short Metro ride from Washington, DC....

Tomb Guards Never Forget: The Unknowns

Posted June 29, 2012

I cry when I hear the national anthem of the United States, The Star-Spangled Banner. The tears, a mixture of joy, pride and sadness. Joy for the fact that I live in a country where I am free to...

Knowledge Corner: How to Become a Legend

Posted June 26, 2012

You may think it is strange to pay tribute to a man more famous in death for something he didn’t do than for the actual heroic life he led. However, as many things are at Arlington National Cemetery,...

The Sentinel's Creed & Line 6

Posted June 22, 2012

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...

Remembering the Battle of Midway

Posted June 6, 2012

While June 6th is the anniversary of D-Day… let’s not forget the anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Midway, which is widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of...

The Unknowns Project

Posted June 2, 2012 in Special Report

The Society would like to introduce a film project - The Unknowns - in support [1] of its producer, Ethan Morse. Ethan is a Tomb Guard Member of the Society. The Unknowns, as described by Ethan, is:...

Tomb Guards Never Forget: William R. Charette

Posted May 23, 2012

In March, a key member of the heritage of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient William “Doc” Charette died at his home in Lake Wales, Florida. He was 79. William...


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