ARLINGTON, Va. - A special ceremony is taking place in Arlington, Virginia Tuesday to honor more than 230 years of service by the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard.
Soldiers, veterans and leaders from across the Army will gather for the unveiling of The Old Guard Monument at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
The 12-foot-tall bronze sculpture features a saluting noncommission officer in remembrance of the countless leaders who have filled the Regiment's ranks, a kneeling combat infantryman emblematic of Old Guard Soldiers who have fought in defense of the nation since the War of 1812, and a marching Continental Army Soldier serving to honor both the unit's historic lineage and its enduring obligation to tell the Army's story.
More than 1,500 men and women of The Old Guard conduct ceremonial and outreach missions across the National Capital Region and nation.
Old Guard Soldiers also conduct memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, serve in specialty units such as the Presidential Salute Battery, and also act as guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.