Under the Flag – The Old Guard

Larry (Chip) Holmes, U.S.Army Veteran, shares his experience in “The Old Guard”. He explains why he rides bulls, which is a result of his first military funeral and the son who wore the cowboy boots of his KIA father.

Thank you Chip for your service and for sharing this story with us.

The audio skips, but please listen as this story is one that needs to be heard.

The 3d U.S. Infantry, traditionally known as “The Old Guard,” is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, serving our nation since 1784.

The Old Guard is the Army’s official ceremonial unit and escort to the president, and it also provides security for Washington, D.C., in time of national emergency or civil disturbance. (https://www.oldguard.mdw.army.mil/regiment)

U.S. Army Band bugler performs taps as a 3rd Infantry “The Old Guard” soldier salutes in the foreground during Army Brig. Gen. Terence J. Hildner’s burial ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Feb. 29, 2012. Photo by Eboni Everson-Myart

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