"Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" - by Rev. Weldon Bares


Have you ever visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery outside of Washington, D.C.? I’ve had the privilege of going there several times. It is so impressive, and so moving to see. It is a “must see” when visiting our nation’s capitol.

In 2003, Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, D.C. In anticipation of the storm, Congress voted to adjourn for two days.

Because of the dangers posed by the hurricane, the military members who were assigned to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to evacuate for two days.

Here is the amazing thing. They declined the offer to get out of danger. They stayed at their post as Hurricane Isabelle came smashing into Washington. These military personnel believe that guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is not only a job, but it is the highest honor that someone in the armed forces can hold. They refused to leave their post.

That is the spirit that has kept this sacred place constantly guarded for seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, since 1930. There are some people in our world today who make and keep some amazing commitments.

It all points to honor, bravery, commitment. I don’t know about you, but I want to be more like that.