not all of DC was shut down by the snow

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  1. lethal tupperwa

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    With all the snow in and around DC here are some pictures I wish had made it to the news.

    These young men and women who guard the Tomb of the Unknowns are amazing. Regardless of weather conditions they’re always there.

    Every time I visit Arlington National Cemetery I get a sense of walking on hallowed ground.
     
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    It's absolutely incredible what these folks have to go through to be able to keep this job. If you visit the Tomb of the Unknowns, you'll see that even the term "Military Precision" doesn't seem sufficient to describe how they perform their duties each and every day.
     
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    When the hurricane came close to D.C. a few years ago they were told to take cover but they refused to abandon their post.
     
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    hell yeah man. Those guys are awesome. I love that memorial it's my favorite one. I always check it out on memorial day. I actually was near the cemetery during the blizzard taking pics of the iwo jima memorial too. Anyway, great post. I live right near there in Clarendon.
     
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    Those people do a great job.

    I saw that on the news. Fox news if I remember right. I can't remember what show but I'm sure it was Fox.
     
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    Got any more? Maybe I can spot a familiar face of a 1SG friend of mine.
     
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    I was in The Old Guard, in a Firing Party platoon. I went up those steps in the pics at slow-time, many, many times, in the escort platoon for a wreath-laying ceremony. We did everything in ANC. We did jobs there. Ran our morning PT there. We even geared up and road-marched, for physical conditioning and formation practice.

    One time, in January of 1987, we were doing a 13-mile road-march, to get ready for an upcoming field problem. We had to be out of ANC before they opened at 7:30am, so we would start very early. It had started snowing as we started marching and by sunrise, it was snowing pretty hard. As the day lightened and the scene around me began to resolve itself, I could just see a couple rows of stones on each side of the road, a bit of snow-covered road and maybe 6 of my platoon members ahead of me, emerging from the darkness and snow, or rather, marching into it. They were covered with snow everywhere it could find purchase and everything was utterly silent. All the sound got swallowed up by the snow, save for the very occasional clink of a piece of gear. It was ethereal. We looked like a procession of weary ghosts returning home. There were fifty or sixty things I would have rather been doing than walking through a cemetery in a pre-dawn blizzard, starting with being back in my bed warm and asleep, but that moment is one I'll never forget.

    The Tomb Guards have a tough job and do it well, but the rest of the Battalion is equally impressive. I was honored to have been a part of it.
     
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    I saw the Changing of the Guard as a 10 year old kid.

    It left a lasting positive impression.
     
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    Thanks for sharing, OP and Eric.
     
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    Every time that I have been able to see these outstanding soldiers I am so impressed. Their precision and devotion to duty is beyond belief. They are the men that we should be showing our children as examples of what they should grow up to be. Not exactly soldiers but men of conviction and honor.
     
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    They have this Marine's respect, and have had for quite some time. :patriot:
     
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    This is not about the Tomb Guard but, one time while visiting D.C. we were walking along in front of the WH. They had the walk barricaded as they were expecting a foreign dignatary's arrival. On either side of the drive from the street up to the front of the WH was the line of whatever guard you call it. (Pardon my ignorance) We watched for the better part of an hour and these men were in parade rest all that time and never moved a muscle.

    I just so happened to be looking right at them when all of a sudden, like one body, they snapped to attention. I turned to look, and sure enough, the limo had arrived and was turning into the gate. (FWIW, it was the President of Ireland.) Anyway, I remember being so proud and impressed with them and all of our service men and women. I will never forget that.:patriot:
     
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    WOW! Great pics!! Some do not take days off for ANYTHING!:patriot:

    Can you even IMAGINE standing there motionless for that long of a shift, cold, miserable. Not for them. That takes a real soldier to do that. They probably consider it a privilege to GET to do that.
     
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    God bless our military.
     
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    Dang, those guys are great.
     
  20. mechanica

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    Amen. :patriot: