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Date: November 10, 2004 (04-103) 

Montgomery College Television to Premiere Documentary about Tomb Guards at Arlington National Cemetery
“Voices from the Tomb” Airs Nov. 11, 18, 25

In honor of Veterans' Day, Montgomery College Television will premiere its newest documentary, “Voices from the Tomb," this month on Thursday, Nov. 11, Nov. 18, and Nov. 25, at 9 p.m., on Cable Channel 10 in Montgomery County.  "Voices from the Tomb" takes a close look at the history of the Tomb Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Montgomery College was granted special behind-the-scenes access to the Tomb Guards and Arlington National Cemetery in order to capture the painstaking preparation and rigorous testing that each Tomb Guard must undergo.  The documentary features interviews with Tomb Guards from the past and present as well as rare photographs, never before seen by the public.  “Voices from the Tomb” was produced in collaboration with The Society of the Honor Guard – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a non-profit organization with current and former Guards as members.

            Established in 1921, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honors the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States in times of war.  In the beginning, a civilian watchman stood guard during the cemetery’s open hours.  A military guard took over duties in 1926, but it was 11 more years before the post evolved to guarding the Tomb 24 hours a day, seven days a week, rain or shine.  Today, Tomb Guards are members of the Army’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment. 

"Voices from the Tomb" is narrated by Dr. James Cronin, chair of the History and Political Science department at the Rockville Campus.  Montgomery College Television producer Thomas Denne wrote, edited, and directed the documentary, which took more than a year to complete.  Denne’s first introduction to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier took place in 1988 when he was chosen to lay a wreath at the Tomb on behalf of his visiting Los Angeles high school group.

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