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Soldier Places Flag In Jaw-Dropping Display Amid Torrential Downpour

Jeff Katz
May 28, 2019 - 11:36 am

There are few things in this world that can stop the American soldier - a wild rainstorm is not one of them. 

Moving video and photos show a proud member of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment ignoring a raging storm to place a flag at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

As civilians took cover from the downpour, this dignified soldier marched solemnly with flags in hand against howling winds that seemed poised to knock him off his path.

He pushed through and finally knelt to plant the flags in front of the tomb in what his regiment called “one of the most extraordinary displays of discipline and dedication to duty ever to be witnessed at Arlington National Cemetery” in a Facebook post.

The officer was not named, although a comment to the post identified him as Tyler McKee. And though he would likely not want the recognition, his is a dedication and respect that truly captures why we observe Memorial Day.

Thousands of homes in the D.C. area lost power in the storm which destroyed several homes and knocked down a significant number of trees.

Soldiers from the Old Guard place American flags in front of more than 228,000 headstones as part of the annual Flags In ceremony, which has been held just before Memorial Day since 1948.