An all-female guard change at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier took place for the first time this fall.
The historic moment in the 84-year vigil happened on the 30,770th day of continuous guarding of the tomb, located in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, with the 38th Sergeant of the Guard, according to a tweet from the Army's Old Guard on Friday.
"The military guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is changed in an elaborate ceremony which happens every hour on the hour from October 1 through March 31, and every half hour from April 1 through September 30," says the Arlington National Cemetery website.
Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment guard the Tomb of the Unknown 24/7 in all weather, even inclement cases such as hurricanes.
On a recent Autumn morning at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in @ArlingtonNatl, history was made. For the first time in the 84-year vigil, on the 30770th day of continuous guarding, an all-female guard change occurred with the 38th Sergeant of the Guard.#Tomb100 pic.twitter.com/JndxF9VVuK
— The Old Guard (@USArmyOldGuard) October 1, 2021
"We commemorate the achievements of these trail-blazing Tomb Guards," the Old Guard posted on Instagram, adding this "historic event" was a first but not the last.
"With diversity in our ranks, race, gender, or any characteristics will never hinder, but only enhance the execution of our sacred mission," the post said. "As we recognize this monumental day, we reflect on the Unknowns and their ultimate sacrifice. The world will never know their names. Their life's poetry was silenced in the defense of this great nation. We will never forget their sacrifice, and we will never falter as our standard will remain perfection."
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has provided a final resting place for an unknown soldier who served in World War 1, in addition to unknown soldiers from later wars in 1958 and 1984, according to the cemetery website.
The 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier falls on Nov. 11.
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