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