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Through this week's severe storms, sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier kept watch

Even as a deluge hit the District, sentinels from the nation’s Old Guard continued their watch over the tomb, 24 hours a day.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Even with a deluge in the District, sentinels at Arlington National Cemetery continued an uninterrupted watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Tomb guards from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) are assigned to protect the sacred site, performing a watch that has gone uninterrupted for four generations.

The changing of the guard takes place every half hour during the summer months, a ritual that continued through sheets of rain falling on the sacred site this week.

Sentinels are trained to endure all severe weather conditions - with members of the Old Guard watching over the area even after the cemetery closes overnight to the public.

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