That photo of the Tomb of the Unknowns guard in the rain? It’s from September
A blood-stirring photograph of sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery is bucking up hurricane-soaked people in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Monday. Well, sorry, but it's actually from last month, taken by a photographer named Karin Markert.
Still, it's a pretty sweet shot.
Related: Markert explains how she got this shot
It appears the photo started to spread after it was posted on Facebook by the First Army Division East. It was shared more than 53,000 times and liked more than 43,000 times.
Markert explains in a comment below: "I was using it as my Facebook cover photo, which apparently is "public", and what do you know? ... Nobody "stole" it, IMHO. My guess is people are just sharing how proud they are of these soldiers and others." On Facebook, she elaborates:
Apparently the picture has gone 'viral,' which is kind of shocking me today. I've seen it a bunch of places, with credit given to a whole lot of other sources. That just doesn't matter to me. What's most important, and please remember this, is that no matter how the photo ended up on everyone's computer, I am just so very proud of these soldiers and the mission that they fulfill every day.
This photo was taken today at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, posted by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment and sent to Poynter with permission to publish:
Remember: Not everything on the Internet is exactly what it seems.
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