In recognition of November as National Veterans and Military Family Month, we’re reading Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld. This story reflects on those who have lost their lives in service to their country and the men and women who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Located just outside of Washington, DC, this cemetery is sacred ground and the final resting place of the Unknown Soldier.
The sentinel guards stand vigil at the tomb, ensuring that the Unknown Soldier is never alone. For the living to pay tribute to the unknown who died in service is the honor of those who serve. By remembering those who gave their lives in sacrifice for our freedom, we acknowledge the ultimate price that is paid and are reminded that our freedom is not free and comes at a cost.