The next postcard looks to date from the early 1950s, possibly 1953. This view of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier predates the interments of the World War II and Korean War Unknowns in 1958. Note the chain barrier around the Tomb.
The Sentinel is wearing the khaki cotton twill uniform, which when worn with the tie, the tie was tucked into between the second and third buttons.
We haven’t had a lot of sports to watch this spring, so let’s look back at Old Guard football. After World War II ended in Europe, units occupying Germany formed an Army league. The Old Guard made it all the way to the championship game.
This program is from the 1919 Independence Day celebration. At the time, most of the Regiment was stationed at Camp Eagle Pass, Texas. The Regiment had been stationed along the US-Mexico border since May 1916, as part of a force to secure the border after the Pancho Villa raids. While serving as a border force, they also trained soldiers headed to Europe during World War I.
Let’s go back to 1968 today. LBJ was the President. The Vietnam War was ongoing. Things were turbulent in the nation. That year Veterans Day was also the 50th anniversary of the end of World War I. Below is the program from the 1968 Veterans Day National Ceremony.
Today’s offering is the program from the State Funeral for the World War I Unknown Soldier, which took place 11 Nov 1921. The Old Guard had not been assigned the mission of guarding the Unknown Soldier yet, but Sentinels from the Old Guard have been keeping vigil over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier since 06 April 1948.
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A unit’s Organization Day remembers a significant event in its history. The Old Guard chose to remember the Battle of Monterey (21 Sep 1846) during the Mexican War. It was the costliest day for the Regiment until Gettysburg. Below is one of the first programs for The Old Guard Organization Day, back when the Regiment was still stationed at Fort Snelling, MN.
In 1971, the first Spirit of America was held in Norfolk, VA. It was the first show to be held in the brand new Norfolk SCOPE Arena. The SCOPE is still in use today. Check out the entire program at the link below.
What is your favorite memory from Spirit of America? Tell us in the comments.