I have lived in Arlington, Virginia for over forty years and there are so many benefits living in this area. One of the best interesting, historical, military, fascinating and free attraction – The Old Guard (established in 1784, the 3d US Infantry Regiment) - The United States Army Caisson Platoon on Fort Myer, Virginia. If you travel to the Iwo Jima, the Wright Gate is the gate you enter the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. The base is next to the Arlington National Cemetery. NOTE: Your car will be thoroughly inspected and everyone needs a photo ID. There are organized tours: Facebook link: www.facebook.com/oldguard www.army.mil/oldguard Public Affairs Office 703-696-3157 Brief highlights: Old Guard soldiers are in Arlington National Cemetery daily. Sentinels maintain a 24 hour vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Old Guard is the Army’s premiere ceremonial unit and escort to the President of the United States. The Caisson Barn is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. A member of the Old Guard will show the horses which are black and grey. Tours of the Tack Rooms, Farrier Room, and Caisson Room are well worth your time. Black Jack was the riderless horse at the funerals of Presidents Kennedy, Eisenhower, and Hoover. Black Jack is buried on Summerall Field.
This is a great experience for both adults and children. It is off the beaten path, but so well worth a visit.
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