Old Guard Keeps Watch Over Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as Major Blizzard Grinds D.C. to a Halt

As millions in and around the nation’s capital hunker down and ride out winter storm Jonas, the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery is still at its post, unfazed by the treacherous, blizzard conditions.

“I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved,” read a tweet from the Old Guard on Friday, quoting the General Orders for Sentries.

The Old Guard keeps watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 24/7 and escorts military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, among other duties. It is the oldest active infantry unit in the U.S. Army.

“As a record breaking snow storm hits the Washington, D.C. area, Sentinels from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) continue to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. The Tomb Guards maintain a constant vigil at the Tomb no matter the weather conditions,” a Facebook post from the Old Guard on Friday reads.

As a record breaking snow storm hits the Washington DC area Sentinels from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)…

Posted by 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) on Friday, January 22, 2016

The nation’s capital was forecast to get up to 30 inches of snow this weekend, with other areas such as Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City also receiving up to two feet.

More than 75 million people are feeling the impacts of the storm, which meteorologists have said is one for the record books.

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