Today is Veterans Day and since I have not had the honor and privilege of visiting the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia just yet, I was very fortunate and glad that one of the organizations I follow on Twitter – Interment.net (@intermentnet) – shared the link to Voices From the Tomb! After hearing family and friends talk about the Changing of Guard that takes place there, and now watching this extraordinary documentary produced by Montgomery College (a public multi-campus community college in Montgomery County, Maryland), I plan to visit this special place soon. So please take some time out of your busy day to watch this documentary if you have not already!
Montgomery College was granted special behind-the-scenes access to the Tomb Guards and Arlington National Cemetery in order to capture the painstaking preparation and rigorous testing that each Tomb Guard must undergo. This documentary features interviews with Tomb Guards from the past and present as well as rare photographs, never before seen by the public.
“Voices from the Tomb” was produced in collaboration with The Society of the Honor Guard — Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a non-profit organization with current and former Guards as members.
Established in 1921, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honors the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States in times of war. In the beginning, a civilian watchman stood guard during the cemetery’s open hours. A military guard took over duties in 1926, but it was 11 more years before the post evolved to guarding the Tomb 24 hours a day, seven days a week, rain or shine. Today, Tomb Guards are members of the Army’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment.
Produced by Tom Denne.
© 2004 Montgomery College Television