The heart and soul of our programs is our free Community Presentation. Upon request, the Society will attempt to schedule a former Tomb Guard to make a presentation and answer questions relating to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, each of the Unknown Soldiers buried on the east plaza of the Memorial Amphitheater, the Sentinels that stand the eternal vigil, and the Society.
This is a perfect opportunity for schools, civic organizations, fraternities and sororities, and businesses to introduce their organizations to this most sacred shrine. When requesting a presentation, please consider planning for a 1 hour presentation which will include time for questions and answers. These can be in person or virtually upon request.
In lieu of scheduling a Community Presentation, the Society produced a video for public viewing.
Tomb Guard Assistance Program
The Society provides the following services to current and former Tomb Guards:
- Direct assistance to the current Tomb Guard platoon.
- Transition mentoring program for current Tomb Guards transitioning from active duty to the civilian workplace.
- Provides Bereavement services and assistance to surviving
family members upon the death of a Tomb Guard.
- It is recommended that all Tomb Guards download the SHGTUS Bereavement Services questionnaire and send it in to the Bereavement Director to keep on file, regardless of membership.
Support the Society
The Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS) is able to provide our programs, events, assistance, scholarships, and services due to the generosity of its members, organizations, and individuals. SHGTUS does not receive institutional funding. Note: The Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your contributions may be fully tax deductible.
Did you know?
Is it true after two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as Guard of the Tomb, that there are only 600 presently worn, and that the Guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin?
The Tomb Guard Identification Badge (TGIB) is awarded after the Sentinel passes a series of tests. The TGIB is permanently awarded after a Sentinel has served nine months as a Sentinel at the Tomb. Over 600 have been awarded since its creation in the late 1950's (on average 10 per year). And while the TGIB can be revoked, the offense must be such that it discredits the Tomb of the Unknowns. Revocation is at the 3rd Infantry Regimental Commander’s discretion and can occur while active duty or even when the Sentinel is a civilian. The TGIB is a full size award, worn on the right pocket of the uniform jacket, not a lapel pin.