tomb sentinel

A Hopi prayer.

President Barack Obama and Sgt. 1st Class John C. Wirth place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. After the wreath laying, Obama issued the Memorial Address as part of the 146th Memorial Day Observance.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, 26 MAY 2014.)

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glint of snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you waken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

Sgt. Dontae Skywalker, Tomb Sentinel, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), lays a rose at the foot of one of the crypts of the Unknowns, Mar. 25, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Va. The placing of a rose at the foot of each crypt signifies a Sentinels’ last and final honor before they leave The Tomb of the Unknown. Skywalker served at the Tomb from Sep. 2010 to Sep. 2012. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.)

I will remember you.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Leon Baudoux, a former assistant sergeant of the guard of the Tomb of the Unknowns, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places a rose at one of the four crypts of the Unknowns following his last walk ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. Placing a rose at the foot of each crypt signifies a sentinel’s last and final honor before leaving the tomb. Baudoux, who will be assigned to an infantry unit at Fort Drum, N.Y., served at the Tomb of the Unknowns for 38 months.

(Photo by Sgt. Luisito Brooks, 22 MAY 2013.)

Tomb Sentinel, Arlington National Cemetery.

[All photos by Amara Devonte, summer 2010. If you scroll fast enough, you can almost hear the click of his heels. And in case you’re wondering, photographer and I have deliberated at length and believe this is the same Tomb Sentinel as the one in the Sentinel’s Last Watch post. -R]

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