Amazing photo: Sentinels brave forces of Hurricane Sandy to stand guard at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Correction: Photo taken in September 2012

God bless our military.

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Update:

It appears that the photo above was taken this past September and not, as was originally reported, during Hurricane Sandy.

We apologize for the error.

While this photo is over a month old, it is worth noting that the sentinels who watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier have braved worse than Hurricane Sandy and will likely guard the tomb throughout the storm:

Today, the sentinels face Hurricane Sandy. The winds may reach 120 mph, and the sentinels have the option to take refuge in a safe house, the “trophy room,” which overlooks the tombs.

Our guess is that they’ll remain on post throughout.

Come what may, these dedicated guards will abide by the Sentinel’s Creed:

My dedication to this sacred duty is total and wholehearted. In the responsibility bestowed on me never will I falter. And with dignity and perseverance my standard will remain perfection. Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability. It is he who commands the respect I protect. His bravery that made us so proud. Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day alone in the thoughtful peace of night, this soldier will in honored glory rest under my eternal vigilance.

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You can view more of photographer Karen Markert’s beautiful and patriotic work in her online gallery.

  • Kimberly O’Neal

    Amazing, God Bless our Troops!!!

    • BlueGood

      That photo brought me to tears…

      To see these brave men in such deplorable weather guarding a man nobody knows, but everybody knows….

      There are also standing on guard for Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Ty Woods…and those 4 men were denied help by their own President.

      That sorry S.O.B. should be made to stand in the storming gales and rain!

  • Tracy Hubbell-Linden

    God bless & stay safe, boys. And THANK YOU.

  • HannahJK

    It’s not as compelling, but this is all of us when we vote too. Never stand down when it comes to fighting for and protecting your freedom. Vote!!

  • http://www.jackiewellfonder.com/ Jackie Wellfonder

    I always feel an enormous sense of pride when I see photos like this. How some people can’t have a reverent respect for our military is something I’ll never understand. God bless them indeed! Pray for them daily!

  • Ben Smull

    Amen.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Dedication.

    Service.

    Honor.

    Respect.

  • Tspeak.us

    With honor. Couldn’t help but notice but are those bayonets attached to their rifles?

    • Guest

      Someone needs to put this pic on Twitter because YES those are bayonets!!! Our president is clueless.

      • Purple State

        The president didn’t say the military no longer used any bayonets. He said they used “fewer” bayonets.

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

          Even that’s a lie.

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            ” In 2003, the Marine Corps replaced its standard-issue bayonet with a longer, sharper model, the OKC-3S. The new model, designed by New York’s Ontario Knife Co., was also more effective when brandished as a hand knife… More than 120,000 bayonets were commissioned to supply one to each Marine…”
            http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2012/10/obama_says_military_has_fewer_horses_and_bayonets_does_the_u_s_military.html

            That’s =just= the Marines. Look up numbers for the Army yourself.

            “In 1914 the United States Army comprised 98,000 men, of whom some 45,000 were stationed overseas. …. President Woodrow Wilson responded by increasing the standing army to 140,000 men.”
            http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWWusa.htm

            So right now, the Marines alone have as many bayonets as there were probably men in the Army in 1916. President Fffk-Up ffks up AGAIN.

          • Purple State

            140,000 > 120,000, is it not?

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            Plus the Army’s. Reading comprehension helps you in life.
            Besides where does it say when the Army hit 140,000?
            Purple State Ffkk-up ffks up again.

          • Purple State

            Oh goodie, personal attacks. So much for compassionate conservatives, huh.

        • Guest

          The phrase that stands out in my mind is “We must be mindful not to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims”. He basically blamed a video for a terrorist attack and you can defend that moron? Let’s not forget “You didn’t build that!” Obama needs to just shutup unless there is a teleprompter around.

          • Purple State

            Wasn’t it the Egyptian embassy who tweeted that statement? You think the president personally dictated it to them?

            And you know as well as I do that “You didn’t build that” is taken out of context. “That” refers to infrastructure, not an individual small business.

          • Guest

            The ole taken out of context spiel again huh? Yawn. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a president where you didn’t have to rush to explain wth he’s talking about? Somehow everyone else is always wrong and they just didn’t understand what he was trying to say. I heard him MYSELF go on national t.v. and blame a you tube video for a terrorist attack.He’s mealy mouthed and double talks all the time. I also heard him say with my OWN ears that Planned Parenthood pays for mammograms. NO THEY DON’T but he repeated the lie in a M.T.V. interview. Call Planned Parenthood yourself tomorrow and ask them if they pay for mammograms and find out who the liar is.

          • Purple State

            Context matters.

            “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

            Sure, if you isolate a single sentence, it says what you want it to, rather than what it was meant to. I’d personally rather have a president who speaks with and understands nuance instead of one who over-simplifies complex matters to tell me what he thinks I want to hear.

            Even Ann Romney recognized the importance of context. That’s how she defended her husband’s “47 percent” remarks, by saying they were “taken out of context.”

            http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81395.html

          • Guest

            Ramble on much? You make absolutely no sense. I paid taxes on those roads genuis. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012

          • Purple State

            We all paid taxes on the roads. That’s the point.

            Sorry ten sentences is too much for you to read…

          • Guest

            Ok we all paid taxes on the roads so let’s lock arms and sing Kumbayah? Uh sorry no. Life doesn’t work that way unless your Obama talking about Arab Spring. Get a grip. It’s simple. Don’t divide Americans by class. It’s not okay to make people who work carry those who won’t. Mitt is a better business man and the economy is in the tank. No ten sentences isn’t too long usually but when you’re quoting Barry it’s an eternity.

          • Purple State

            Um the 47% remarks don’t divide Americans by class?

            Obama is about shared sacrifice, not division.

            And experience in business is irrelevant when it comes to leading the federal government. The government isn’t a business. Mitt can’t fire the congresspersons who aren’t working with him. He can’t fire the Americans not paying taxes. When he left Mass, he had a 60% disapproval rate. Should make everyone wonder why.

          • Guest

            Romney was right when he said that is that why it bothers you so much? There are those who don’t want to stop being dependant on the government.Like the lady in front of me at the grocery store paying with food stamps chatting on her new Iphone 5. She didn’t seem to be sacrificing a whole lot. Who are you trying to convert? I think it’s a little late in the game for that. Personally I don’t get the hero worship. He’s never done anything to merit it.

          • Purple State

            The 47% isn’t entirely comprised of food stamp recipients. It also includes senior citizens, veterans, college students and the very poor. How much should they pay?

            I’m not trying to convert anyone. Vote for who you’d like. My point is voting against a candidate for things he didn’t actually say isn’t responsible citizenry.

            And who said anything about hero worship? Two candidates before us — there’s one I prefer. He’s not a messiah or a savior. Just a president, and his vision for the country is more appealing to me than his opponent’s. We can disagree.

          • Guest

            You are so right my fellow American we can disagree. I guess it’s just maddening to me how someone of your obvious intelligence could vote for Obama. I honestly don’t get your point. It’s like a fairytale utopia. Taking away from the rich is not going to make the economy stronger. I can’t remember the last time a poor person gave me a job. It’s the American dream to be successful and anyone can have that if you work hard. Anywoo this little chat is for naught because Mitt is leading in Gallup Poll and the Ramussen Poll which are the only two not in the tank for Obama. ABC actually cracked and put Romney in the lead. Romney will be president because hard working Americans are tired of Mr.Hollywood Media President and that fact went right over their heads.

          • Purple State

            Whatever the outcome it’s going to be very close.

            But in regards to your comment about a poor person never giving you a job…ask yourself why the rich guys haven’t created jobs in the last four years while enjoying their Bush-era tax cuts. You realize Obama hasn’t raised taxes, right? So if their wealth is the way out of this mess, and it’s low taxes that will do it, why hasn’t it worked at the rate some wish it had? It couldn’t be that trickle-down doesn’t actually work, right?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHY_xOj2M_g PistolsForPandas

            [i]ask yourself why the rich guys haven’t created jobs in the last four years while enjoying their Bush-era tax cuts. [/i]

            Because, thanks to Obamacare, those rich guys aren’t sure what the cost of providing healthcare to their employees is going to be.

            [i]You realize Obama hasn’t raised taxes, right?[/i]

            Actually, when the Supreme Court declared the individual mandate a tax, Obama did need raise taxes by $420 billion over the next decade.

            http://reason.com/archives/2012/07/09/yes-actually-obamacare-is-the-biggest-ta

            [i]So if their wealth is the way out of this mess, and it’s low taxes that
            will do it, why hasn’t it worked at the rate some wish it had?[/i]

            I dunno. Why hasn’t the stimulus worked? Why has qualitative easing not worked?

          • Purple State

            That’s weird. I remember the unemployment rate being high and still rising for the year before Obamacare was passed — two years ago. And now it’s going down, albeit slowly. Not sure you can claim America’s joblessness can be blamed on a law that didn’t exist before the joblessness did.

            And the Supreme Court didn’t declare the mandate a tax. They declared the mandate was Constitutional based on Congress’ taxing authority. It’s still a penalty, because it’s optional. If you don’t want to pay it, you buy insurance.

            And the stimulus worked, as best it could; it put a floor under the freefall. We’re doing much better than Europe, who tried austerity, and made their bad situation worse.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHY_xOj2M_g PistolsForPandas

            I remember the unemployment rate being high and still rising for the year before Obamacare was passed — two years ago. And now it’s going down, albeit slowly.

            Have you seen U6 lately?

            http://www.portalseven.com/employment/unemployment_rate_u6.jsp?fromYear=2009&toYear=2012

            How about the size of the workforce? That’s decreased by almost 2% since Obama’s inauguration.

            http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000

            Not sure you can claim America’s joblessness can be blamed on a law that didn’t exist before the joblessness did.

            No, but I can blame joblessness since its passing since March 2010 on Obamacare. There are already stories of employers keeping the number of their employees below 50 to avoid being subject to it.

            http://www.cnbc.com/id/48000806/Small_Business_on_Obamacare_No_Reason_to_Hire_or_Invest

            They declared the mandate was Constitutional based on Congress’ taxing authority.

            That’s a distinction without a difference. If it’s justified by Congress’ taxing authority, then the “penalty” is a tax.

            And the stimulus worked, as best it could;

            At best, it forestalled the inevitable: dealing with our $16 trillion debt. Besides, how was that stimulus funded? Through borrowing from our children and printing dollars. This is not a sustainable path. At least Europe has some idea all this spending can’t last forever. If (and that is a big “if”) Europe gets a handle on its debts, it will come out stronger than the US.

          • retssgusa

            The “president” said specifically that if you had a business, you didn’t build that by yourself. He only mentioned the infrastructure later in his remarks.

          • Purple State

            Incorrect.

            “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Bravo!

  • Free2Ride

    the Old Guard not the USPS these guys can and will deliver regardless of wind,sleet rain or snow Thank you for your service

  • Michele Pullara Allen

    So proud to be an American! God protect them……always!!

  • Guest

    This Mr.( soon to be former) President is what Americans are made of. We care about our country and family not Hollywood and the media. We don’t stand down when it comes to looking out for each other. God Bless America and her troops!!!!

  • Man of Little Means

    As a 20 year veteran no statement ever rang truer than Sylvester Stallone when he Said “I want my country to love me as much as I love it” The training these guys through, and it is all volunteer, is for love of country and for the men and women who serve. god bless them and everyone who made the sacrifice for their country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/coffeegirl238 Deirdre Smiththeone

    Proud to be an American……

  • KLMarkert

    This is my photo, actually taken last month. Link to the original photo set: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/25447106_rRDwDr#!i=2095531119&k=3CPgS4d. I am just so very proud of these soldiers and the mission that they fulfill every day. The Old Guard Soldiers were not only guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier today, but also participating in funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, filling thousands of sandbags, dragging water buffalos and generators around. There are some amazing men and women in this unit. It is such a blessing to get to know them, the service of the soldiers and support of their families.

  • Patrick L

    This is why all of our military personnel should always be respected and honored everyday for these brave men to stand guard over unknowns that gave their lives for their country is a selfless act that not many will ever undersatnd. May God Bless you and watch over all of you.

  • o0Nighthawk0o

    The other extreme. My family went to Arlington and visted the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on July 17, 2011. Very hot and humid. Above 95 degrees. Yet these sentinels stayed.

  • http://twitter.com/DaffodilTimes The Daffodil Times

    LOL can’t even report accurate news.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    It’s raining so hard there it’s getting in my eyes here…

  • bonnieblue2A

    When Obama feels compelled to see what honor looks like he should seek it in this photo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/terry.heverly Terry Heverly

    Very proud of these young men who are chosen for this detail. They make life-long decisions when they are selected for this detail. I’ve read some amazing articles through the years about the dedication of the soldiers who have this detail. I’m sure there is probably a web-site where you can get all the info you need about this special detail.
    Makes you realize that these young men take their Creed to heart.

  • MaddMedic
  • http://www.dougiefreshceo.com/ Doug Fresh

    that’s not Hurricane Sandy seen in the photo. The image was actually captured last month by photographer K.L. Market during rather ordinary bad weather. The original FB photo’s description has been updated to read, “despite adverse weather conditions.”
    Read more at http://www.petapixel.com/2012/10/29/incorrectly-captioned-hurricane-sandy-photo-of-soldiers-goes-viral/#M5DHL2BpSHSZPLWX.99