Guards at Tomb of the Unknowns to remain on-site during hurricane

WASHINGTON—Hurricane Sandy is expected to slam the East Coast and the federal government is shut down—but the U.S. servicemen who guard the outdoor Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery will remain on duty.

"They will not abandon their post," an employee who answered the Arlington Cemetery's phone confirmed to Yahoo News. He identified himself as "George," but was not authorized to speak on the record to the media.

The tomb, located just outside Washington, D.C., holds the remains of unidentified soldiers from World War I, World War II and Korea.

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The elite sentinels selected to guard it have kept watch continuously at the site since 1948.

Correction, 3:40 p.m.: This post originally stated that the Tomb of the Unknowns contains the remains of a Vietnam War soldier. Those remains were identified and removed in 1998.