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

The photo that circulated on Twitter and Facebook did not have the photographer’s credit, which appears above.

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.

NPR picked up the photo, along with The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Talking Points Memo, Slate and others.

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:

Spc. Brett Hyde, Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), keeps guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Hurricane Sandy at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Oct. 29, 2012. Hyde lives by the Sentinel’s Creed which in part says “Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability”. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.) — with Kim Wade Midlam.

Remember: Not everything on the Internet is exactly what it seems.

Related: Tomb of the Unknowns photographer learns a ‘real big lesson in social media’ | How journalists can avoid getting fooled by fake Hurricane Sandy photos | 9 Viral Photos That AREN’T Hurricane Sandy (BuzzFeed) | Is Twitter wrong? (Other photos debunked)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=743839575 Karin Evink Markert

    It’s not a government photo. Yes, you do need permission to use it. I think a very good point has been made, check and double check your resources.

  • Judy Gray

    The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, a famous Washington, DC monument
    containing the remains of an unidentified fallen soldier, remains under
    24-hour guard despite the punishing winds of Hurricane Sandy unleashed
    upon the area.

    http://www.459friends.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Egg-Man/681171228 Egg Man

    a viral photo from 2009 that I have been researching might be
    worthy of your taking a look at. If you google “Glacier crying face
    woman Norway” you will see over 10,000 google hits from all over the
    world. It is an alleged real photo of a glacier’s face in Norway,
    reportedly shot by an American wildlife photographer who also does
    amazing wildlfie shots and works for National Geographic, who
    allegedly sold the photo to a UK tabloid agency called Barcroft Media,
    know for their fake photos, and the photo online now for 3 years
    purports to show a woman’s face on the face of a glacier in Norway
    shedding tears as meltwater from the glacier flows out fo her ears,
    and the photo was used by UK tabloids first to say SEE EVEN MOTHER
    NATURE IS CRYING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, and then used by climate
    denialists to say SEE HOW NUTTY THOSE CLIMATE ACTIVISTS ARE and still,
    3 years later, we do not know if the photo was even a real raw
    negative photograph or a doctored one. And if doctored, most likely by
    Barcroft, not by the US photographer himself, Michael Nolan, who would
    never do such a thing. But UK tabloids do these things. Here is my
    take on my blog. With new computer software that can spot photoshopped
    photos, we might be able to determine one day if this crying glacier
    face is real or faked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Egg-Man/681171228 Egg Man

    Look into the PHOTO from 2009 of the so called Crying woman on the face of a norway glacier, allegedlu shot by US photog Mike Nolan and sold to BARcroft media in UK as tabloid fodder and got picked up world wide, mostly photoshopped by the agency, not the artist. Google “crying face glacier norway” to see the 10,000 plus blogs and website that FELL for this fake photo. and fake caption. again,t he agency did it, not the artist. and get back to me

  • http://twitter.com/JTownCrier Town Crier

    you can technically blame the army for the viral mistake. the facebook page
    of first army division east, posted the photo today as a way of saying
    that the tomb is always guarded. people took it viral right after
    without paying attention. (though anyone could realize that it was
    raining that harshly yet)
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151202408468236&set=a.106798673235.92882.100490833235&type=1

  • http://www.facebook.com/DylanRSmith Dylan Smith

    “… sent to Poynter with permission to publish.” It’s a government photo; you don’t need permission to use it.

  • Anonymous

    great picture that makes an important point, but it’s a poor example of so-called “citizen journalists.”

  • kate dolack

    Karin! My brother just sent me this story! I was one of the original posters on Twitter @documentingkate. Didn’t want to post without your credit, so we were able to get your name under the photograph! I made an error in thinking it was taken today (after seeing on another post-gah!) but it is a gorgeous photograph! I’m so glad, at the very least, your photograph is circulating. Will work to make sure you receive proper credit! Thank you for your powerful image!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=656715835 Andrew Beaujon

    Ms. Markert, thanks so much for commenting. Could I interview you about how you got such an excellent picture in the first place? abeaujon@poynter.org / 703-594-1103

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=743839575 Karin Evink Markert

    Nobody “stole” it, IMHO. My guess is people are just sharing how proud they are of these soldiers and others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=743839575 Karin Evink Markert

    It’s my photo. I was using it as my Facebook cover photo, which apparently is “public”, and what do you know? The Old Guard did post some great photos today taken at the Tomb and other places TOG soldiers were serving: https://www.facebook.com/karin.markert#!/media/set/?set=a.515517068472407.121621.109701809053937&type=1 I dont’ know how it was originally picked up, doesn’t matter. What I posted on my FB page: “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. The Old Guard Soldiers were not only guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier today, but also participating in funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, filling thousands of sandbags, dragging water buffalos and generators around. There are some amazing men and women in this unit. It is such a blessing to get to know them, the service of the soldiers and support of their families.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/thewittysmitty Keith Smith

    And people wonder why it’s terrifying that we are starting to rely on “citizen journalists.” I think that’s been answered.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thewittysmitty Keith Smith

    And people wonder why it’s terrifying that we are starting to rely on “citizen journalists.” I think that’s been answered.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.anastasi Pat Anastasi

    First Army Division East (https://www.facebook.com/FirstArmyDivisionEast) had posted it on its Facebook page, implying it was today, and has since corrected it. Meanwhile, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) which guards the tomb, has posted it’s TODAY photos at the tomb. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=515517158472398&set=a.515517068472407.121621.109701809053937&type=1&theater

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.anastasi Pat Anastasi

    First Army Division East (https://www.facebook.com/FirstArmyDivisionEast) had posted it on its Facebook page, implying it was today, and has since corrected it. Meanwhile, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) which guards the tomb, has posted it’s TODAY photos at the tomb. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=515517158472398&set=a.515517068472407.121621.109701809053937&type=1&theater

  • http://www.macon.com/ Mike Stucka

    If the photo came via smugmug, the U.S. Army unit also cropped off the watermark and credit. And the text from when it was posted certainly doesn’t dissuade people from thinking it’s Sandy:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151202408468236&set=a.106798673235.92882.100490833235&type=1&theater

    More fake photos: http://www.buzzfeed.com/reyhan/viral-photos-that-arent-hurricane-sandy

  • http://twitter.com/lousylinguist Christopher Phipps

    True, that particular photo is old, but The Old Guard truly are continuing operations at Arlington Cemetery today: https://www.facebook.com/oldguard

  • Caroline

    This happened with another “Sandy” photo of a giant cloud over NYC. People quickly corrected the NYC photo — interesting example of crowdsourced factchecks.

  • Caroline

    This happened with another “Sandy” photo of a giant cloud over NYC. People quickly corrected the NYC photo — interesting example of crowdsourced factchecks.