27 May 2014

Army medic becomes guard at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier | RallyPoint.com

Military News - Army medic becomes guard at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Image Copyright: Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes

By Chris Rosenblum
Copyright: Centre Daily Times (AP)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A nation spends Memorial Day weekend remembering its military's fallen.

Luke Porter devotes most of his life to that mission.

It's his job.

He also makes sure others pay proper respect.

When he walks across the plaza of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, his uniform crisp and immaculate, creases like razors, all eyes turn to him.

Tourists lounge and gab — until the State College native delivers the standard address for the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

"Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please," he intones. "I am Sgt. Porter, of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, United States Army Guard of Honor, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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