This weeks blog is from the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier's website: www.tombguard.org
"Is it true after two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as Guard of the Tomb, that there are only 600 presently worn, and that the Guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin?"
The Tomb Guard Identification Badge (TGIB) is awarded after the Sentinel passes a series of tests. The TGIB is permanently awarded after a Sentinel has served nine months as a Sentinel at the Tomb. Over 600 badges have been awarded since its creation in the late 1950's (on average 10 per year). And while the TGIB can be revoked, the offense must be such that it discredits the Tomb of the Unknowns. Revocation is at the 3rd Infantry Regimental Commander’s discretion and can occur while active duty or even when the Sentinel is a civilian. The TGIB is a full size award, worn on the right pocket of the uniform jacket, not a lapel pin.
Today, April 21st, 2017 there was a double badge ceremony.
Congratulations to the two newest holders of the Tomb Guard Identification Badge (TGIB):
PFC Voell, Badge #648 and SSG Massey, Badge #649.
Thanks for reading! If you have a question you'd like to ask a Tomb Guard, or a story you'd like to share, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured in a future blog post.
Please check out our new documentary film 'The Unknowns' - www.theunknownsmovie.com - to get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a Tomb Guard, and learn some of the history behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Ethan Morse, Badge #548
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (2005-2006)