The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as “The Old Guard,” is the famous ceremonial unit most commonly associated with guarding the famous “Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier” in Arlington National Cemetery. The unit is also well known as being the official escort to the President of the United States.
However, the history of this storied unit goes much deeper than that, with its roots going all the way back to the very early days of our country before the constitution was even written. It is officially recognized as the oldest active duty regiment in the Army, and was given the designation as the “First American Regiment” in June of 1784.
Having seen action from the Indian Wars all the way to Operation Enduring Freedom, the Old Guard has done much more than just guard our nation’s most sacred and hallowed grounds and personnel. Regardless of where these soldiers find themselves or what mission they are serving, they always execute their tasks with the highest degree of professionalism and dedication.
Check out the video below to get an in-depth look into the history of this storied regiment, and find out for yourself why America regards them as the true “Old Guard”: