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 it true a Sentinel must commit for two years to guard the Tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.
No, this is a false rumor. The average tour at the Tomb is about a 18 months. However, there is NO set time for service there. Sentinels live either in a barracks on Ft. Myer (the Army post located adjacent to the cemetery) or off base if they like. They do have a living quarters under the steps of the amphitheater where they stay during their 24 hour shifts. If they are of legal age, they may drink except while on duty.