Remembering a Legend
-Friday, March 31, 2017
If you are old enough to remember that windy and biting cold day in November 1963, you will recall the two most memorable photos taken during the funeral procession of President John F. Kennedy. See complete story and Registration form Black Jack was a horse with high vitality. As a tribute to this beautiful horse, a memorial ceremony is planned to observe the fortieth anniversary of his death and interment, February 1976, on Summerall Field, Fort Myer (JBMHH), Virginia. At this writing, the date selected for this event will be Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 1100 hours.
As the sun rises and sets over Arlington National Cemetery, gates open and close to sacred ground that honors thousands of military personnel from wars past. One place in particular honors all the unknowns from military conflicts of the last hundred years. It is here, at the Tomb of the Unknowns, elevated on a hill overlooking the nation’s capital, where Army sentinels keep vigil over the fallen Soldiers from the nation’s wars day in and day out. See complete story by Chelsea Place, Pentagram Staff Writer.
Like so many great romantic moments in the arts, it begins with the tolling of a bell. The sound dies. Hushed anticipation. Finally, the soldier makes his entrance — no ordinary recruit, but the relief commander of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, taking part in the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. See complete story.
In keeping the tradition of providing final honors to our nation’s heroes, The U.S. Army’s Caisson Platoon, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), pulls a flag-draped casket on a black artillery caisson, leading a fallen comrade to their final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery.
Command Sgt. Maj. Jorge O. Soriano, the 412th Aviation Support Battalion’s command sergeant major, traveled to Iraq May 21 to visit his son, Spc. Diego O. Soriano, a 21-year-old infantryman, with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). Read the complete story.
Effective January 28th, 2008, during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the United States Flag, members of the Armed forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. The operative word here is "MAY." There have been a number of false alarms related to veterans who are not in uniform being authorized to render the military salute. Then, when it finally became official, it appears that many of those who initially spread the false alarm were reluctant to broadcast the message for fear it was another false alarm. However, it is OFFICIAL now. On January 28th, 2008 (already 2-1/2 months ago), the President has signed into Law H.R. 4986 (The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008). The relevant section of the Act which addresses the military salute is Section 594. Section 594 of this Act amends Section 9 of Title 4 of the United States Code which relates to the rendering of the military salute.
"Here rests in honored glory an American Soldier known but to God," is inscribed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where sentinels from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) walk day and night to honor and protect fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives and identities for America’s freedom.