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Go Behind the Scenes at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as Biggest Myths and Mysteries Are Revealed


"While on duty, there is no swearing, course joking or laughing."

A new documentary that releases on Memorial Day will "answer questions and dispel myths" surrounding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery — a resting place for unidentified soldiers who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

"The Unknowns," a documentary produced by Ethan Morse and Neal Schrodetzki — two Army veterans who were both previously stationed at the site — takes viewers behind-the-scenes to see the rigorous training process that soldiers go through to prepare them to serve at the Tomb.

The film also answers key questions and dispels myths that have raged since the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was first opened in 1921.

Watch the trailer for "The Unknowns" below:

Morse told TheBlaze in an email interview this past weekend that the biggest myth surrounding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is that the guards are Marines — something that he said is patently false.

"Only the U.S. Army guards the Unknowns," he said. "The Army is the oldest branch in the U.S. Military and they take the lead in all joint service ceremonies."

Another myth, according to Morse, is that Tomb guards don't swear, drink or watch TV during the years they are stationed at the site. The filmmaker said that this is only true of the training process and not of the actual time serving at the Tomb.

A screen shot from the trailer of "The Unknowns" (YouTube)

"Most Tomb guards are infantry and they are known for having salty language," he said. "While on duty, there is no swearing, coarse joking or laughing. We would never know when around the corner could be a crying person grieving for their fallen hero."

It is during training, though, that TV and drinking are off limits, with Morse noting that no one in the military is ever permitted to consume alcohol while on duty.

Morse said that he and Schrodetzki set out to make "The Unknowns" because they believe that America's unidentified heroes "deserve to be remembered to all future generations."

More specifically, it was after their squad leader, Adam Dickmyer, was killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 28, 2010, the two decided to take action.

A screen shot from the trailer of "The Unknowns" (YouTube)

"We desired to honor his memory and highlight the training that he poured into us while guarding the Unknowns," he explained. "In doing so, we wanted to then honor all of the fallen and missing military men and women from World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam."

In the end, the filmmakers are hoping to inspire audiences to realize that "freedom is not free," and that the sacrifice of so many soldiers is being "remembered every minute of every day through the decades by the men and women who guard and honor the Unknowns."

Learn more about the film here.


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