The heart and soul of our programs is our Community Presentation. Upon request, the Society will attempt to schedule a former Tomb Guard to make a presentation and accept questions relating to the Tomb and the Society.
The Community Presentation provides a detailed summary of Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), the origins of the Tomb, the selection, funeral and interment of the Unknowns laid to rest at the Tomb, the Tomb Guards, and the Society.
This is a perfect opportunity for schools, civic organizations, fraternities and sororities, and businesses to introduce their organizations to the U.S. Most Sacred Shrine.
In lieu of scheduling a Community Presentation, the Society produced a video for public viewing.
Tomb Guard Assistance Program
The Society provides the following services to current and former Tomb Guards:
- Provide Tomb Guard Identification Badges, label pins, and challenge coins to current Tomb Guards.
- Provide a transition mentoring program for current Tomb Guards transitioning from active duty to the civilian workplace.
- Provide a continuing mentoring program for current and former Tomb Guards.
- Provide funeral memorial items and service assistance to surviving family members upon the death of a Tomb Guard, including; memorial cards, headstone pewter insignia medallion, floral wreath, permanent memorial webpage, assistance with setting up military honors, and coordinating the attendance of a Society member at the funeral.
Support the Society
The Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS) is able to provide our programs, events, assistance, scholarships, and services due to the generosity of its members, organizations, and individuals. SHGTUS does not receive institutional funding. Note: The Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your contributions may be fully tax deductible.
Did you know?
Is the rifle that the Sentinel carries loaded?
Tomb Guards carry fully functional M14 rifles. Given the current climate surrounding the relatively recent tragic events in Canada (attack upon the guard at the Canadian War Memorial), we will no longer be answering questions relating to specifics regarding current security and armament at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We appreciate your understanding.
Rest assured, that the US Army has the post secured as it has been since we started guard duty at the shrine in 1926.