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Everyone, including us, made a big deal about the sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers yesterday as they walked their post in the face of the hurricane “Sandy” while most of the nation’s capitol cowered in their homes. The ingrates at the Democratic Underground criticized them and the reason they walk that post. Well the “Old Guard”, the 3rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Meyers, VA wasn’t just guarding the Tombs yesterday. This is a picture of a firing detail at Arlington as they return from a funeral yesterday;
And a detail filling and loading sandbags to help turn back the rising storm tides;
And here’s a picture from the National Guard Facebook page which says that there are 7500 Guardsmen supporting relief efforts all along the Eastern seaboard;
So that quote about rough men doing their jobs so we can sleep soundly extends to things other than war.
As I've said elsewhere, these men are first and foremost Infantrymen.