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The Old Guard: Scenes from Arlington National Cemetery

The Old Guard: Scenes from Arlington National Cemetery

Ready hut. Present arms. Hut. It’s a very important job. A lot of these
families, were one of the last things they get to see of the military. And it’s really
important, it’s extremely important that we do a ceremony that they can remember for the
rest of their lives and know that we did our best job for their loved one. I think it’s nice to be able to give back
to those who previously served, and those who currently serve. And it’s definitely a
great honor to be able to do it. About 7 months ago, we did a funeral for a soldier who was
19 years old, killed in Afghanistan. That is probably one that hit the hardest. This is where it all began, you know, for over
150 years we’ve honored our fallen patriots here, and so this is where it should be.

Reader Comments

  1. I served with SGT Green in 2nd Platoon (Caskets), Bravo Company, 1/3 Infantry back when he was a PFC/SPC. He has always been a terrific soldier and is currently deployed to Afghanistan, so please wish him and the rest of his unit the best of luck. Watching this video reminded me of some of the most difficult and rewarding days of my life. Keep maintaining the standard, TOG!!

  2. These boys do a thankless job. God bless each and everyone of you. Who else would bury your loved ones with such dignity. God bless America.

  3. I my best friend walked the tomb and my brother walked cap horse, God bless all. There is only one that they call Audie

  4. I must be missing something. Some of the D&C procedures for burial at Arlington seem borderline flamboyant…almost showboating rather than solemn and respectful. I must be missing something though haha

  5. I agree with you but with a caveat. I was a Coroner transport tech, Mortuary services manager, Crematorium operator and a crime scene decon tech, plus my ten years of active duty. There is a certain amount of disconnect that takes place when you deal with the issue of death as your profession. While they may seem cavaleir please remember that these young Soldiers are working in a death MOS. Takes a toll honoring your dead brothers and sisters everyday, It hurts. They are human.

  6. I was 4 when my parents took me to the Arlington NC and of course the guard was in place. Somehow I got separated from my parents and ended up on the far side. When I saw them I was scared and wanted to go to them. Well of course the fastest route was under the ropes across the blocked off area. I got about 3 or 4 steps in at which time the guard hollered "halt!" My dad saw me and came to pick up his wayward little girl who had squatted down and was crying. Fond memory 55 years ago.

  7. You ARE "missing" it! There's nothing 'flamboyant' about these Services. What you're watching for the most part are "drills" which pertain to All levels of Military burials from President, Cabinet Members, & all Military rankings. Everything you're seeing is not done @ every Arlington Funeral. The ceremony is "Honorably Majestic" & comforts the families, taking the 'sting' out of death. They make you feel so "honored" by your loved one's service to our country. It's beautiful & appreciated.

  8. At the 3:30 mark, two soldiers are securing the flag draped casket to the cassion. Then they stand behind the cassion ,remove their covers (hats), twirl, then replace their covers. Can anyone enlighten me on the meaning of this little maneuver? Thanks in advance.

  9. The Old Guard ?? I was expecting the real Old Guard AKA the French Imperial Old Guard … Another name America stole from Europe….

  10. It is not "Ready hut. Present arms. Hut." The order for a 21 gun salute volley is "Ready. Aim. Fire." Hut is NOT in the drill commands.

  11. Here you go, thought I would check specific dates for you;

    Taken directly from wiki – "In October 1815, the 1st Infantry was consolidated with the 5th, 17th, 19th, and the 28th Infantry to form the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)."

    The assumed name "Old Guard" of the USA consolidated regiments was taken 4 months after the defeat of the Napoleon's original Old Guard at Waterloo (after being in service for 11 years under the name "Old Guard").

  12. I also think your are assuming that the US Army "Old Guard" is named after Napoleon's Old Guard, which it is not. The US Army Old Guard was named by General Scott in 1847 well after Waterloo. I was stationed at Myer/McNair and then Belvoir. This is why I tell people that wiki isn't your best source, and not a primary source for good military history.

  13. Yes I am assuming that the US Army "Old Guard" was somehow linked to Napoleon's Old Guard. Unfortunately "which it is not" isn't the best line of argument, but, under my assumption (to be fair) that the USA couldn't ever be trusted to be giving original names to anything, I looked up Scott ( I did learn something – no sarcasm please) and found that after the 1812-15 war he travelled to Europe to study and translate French military manuals of Napoleon's Army. Interesting don't you think?

  14. One thing that has always puzzled me about US military funerals and re-patriations is the way that coffins/caskets are unloaded from the aircraft. Why do the US forces carry their comrades at arms length? As a British forces veteran I would expect to be borne upon the shoulders of my brothers, Why do you Americans afford not afford their Brothers in arms this honor(sic)?

  15. irishlincoln Its not a "21 gun salute", its the 3 volley salute. 21 gun salute is by the cannons. And the command is not "Ready, Aim, Fire." They arent aiming at anything, they are rendering honors. Therefore the commands in the video were correct. Before you embarrass yourself again with your ignorance and arrogance, learn the actual manual. Or at the very least, become a member of a ACTUAL honor guard and do it properly before you have a pissy fit and attack people on the comments section or attack the soldier on the video. Thanks. And dont come again 🙂

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