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American History Essay Winner - The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Posted September 8, 2022 in Special Report

During the National Commemoration of the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (1921-2021), the Society proposed to the federal government that an essay contest be created with the theme "Why...

Sentinels Connecting with Veterans

Posted August 13, 2022 in Special Report

The Society is contacted daily with the public asking questions, requesting presentations, or just wanting to share photos. So when the following email came in from a hospice nurse, it caught our...

Never Forget Garden Update - August 12, 2022

Posted August 12, 2022 in Special Report

Thank you for supporting the Society with the Never Forget Garden Project. The Never Forget Garden Project has a new email address. We decided to create a consolidated email for information sharing...

​How to get a Niphetos Rose

Posted August 1, 2022 in Special Report

We have received many requests for information on the "Niphetos" rose and wanted to pass this along. ​The Niphetos Rose has been difficult to acquire because the variety being very old has fallen...

Press Release - July 22, 2022

Posted July 22, 2022 in Special Report

Please see the attached press release.

Society Receives the DAR President Generals Medallion

Posted July 21, 2022 in Special Report

"With deep appreciation and immense gratitude for your organization’s efforts in preserving the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Solider – including the incredible Centennial Commemorations held...

The Queen and The Tomb

Posted July 8, 2022 in Special Report

I am sure all of you are aware that this year was the Platinum Jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years of service as monarch of Great Britain. She became Queen at the early age of...

Legacy Members support the Platoon

Posted July 8, 2022 in Special Report

On June 4th, 2022, members of the Tomb Guard Platoon and their families were invited to the inaugural BBQ hosted by the Society and the legacy family of COL Neale Cosby (1958-60). The Society Vice...

Stonehenge Memorial Never Forget Garden Support

Posted July 2, 2022 in Special Report

On Memorial Day 2022 former Society President Gavin McIlvenna (1997-98) and Bereavement Director Amy McIlvenna visited the Stonehenge Memorial in Goldendale, WA to see how the Never Forget Garden was...

“In Valor There is Hope”

Posted May 16, 2022 in Society Spotlight

On May 11, 2022 SFC (Ret) Chelsea Porterfield (2020-21) was the key note speaker during the Federal Protective Service annual wreath ceremony during National Police Week in Washington DC. As a former...

Tomb Guard Identification Badge Ceremony

Posted May 16, 2022 in Society Spotlight

On 19 May 2022 at 1030, there will be an award ceremony to present the Tomb Guard Identification Badge (TGIB) to the following new Sentinels: Sergeant Jacob Sprosty (TGIB #697) Sergeant Kamille...

Operation Pass the Torch

Posted May 8, 2022 in Special Report

The Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier asks Americans to join us in our national campaign to observe Memorial Day in the way it was intended per the National Moment of...

Leadership and Loss

Posted April 12, 2022 in Special Report

There is one, single thing that moved me the most during the France Tour to honor the selection of the World War I Unknown Soldier. I wandered around all those First World War grave markers and saw...

A Gold Star Mother Remembers

Posted April 12, 2022 in Special Report

The forest smell in Belleau Wood, the blanket of morning fog over farm fields just north of Paris, a beautiful sunrise over Omaha beach… pristine, manicured, bucolic loveliness; these images play...

New Committee Formed

Posted January 31, 2022 in Society Spotlight

The Board of Directors has approved the creation of the Commemorative Committee within the Society. Commemorative Committee will coordinate with organizations that have ties to the Tomb of the...

October 11, 2021 - TUS100 Update

Posted October 11, 2021 in Special Report

New update with information on events in France and the US, along with the US Senate Resolution. Don't forget to check out the list of events....

Standing the Watch Alone - Part 4

Posted June 27, 2021 in Society Spotlight

Turning Home – Part 4 With the ceremony complete on the Canberra, the Boston turned north-west and set a course for the Norfolk Naval Base. The Blandy pulled along the port side of Canberra and began...

Standing the Watch Alone - Part 3

Posted June 27, 2021 in Society Spotlight

The Rendezvous – Part 3 The USSBoston (CA-69) was launched in August 1942 as a heavy cruiser of the Baltimore class. In January 1952 the Boston was reconfigured and reclassified as a guided missile...

Standing the Watch Alone - Part 2

Posted June 27, 2021 in Society Spotlight

Epinal – Part 2 Planning for the selection of the Trans-Atlantic Unknown candidate was started by US Army Communications Zone Europe (COMZEUR) in late 1957, prior to involvement of Quartermaster...

Standing the Watch Alone - Part 1

Posted June 27, 2021 in Society Spotlight

“When most 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 to the United States...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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,...

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...

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:...


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