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The U.S. Army has granted us permission to film a documentary at America's most sacred shrine: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

How to donate to our project:

Due to the high amount of questions regarding how to donate on Kickstarter.com, we've decided to write a brief walk-through explaining how to pledge to "The Unknowns".

1. Click on the green "Back This Project" button on the top right of the page.

2. Input a dollar amount, and choose a reward or lesser or equal value.

3. Click on the green "Continue To Next Step" Button at the bottom.

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Thanks to everyone for all the support so far, please contact us with any questions or comments at TUS2012@gmail.com ~ Ethan and Neal

History

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery has been guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since 1937. This sacred shrine to America's fallen war heroes has been a monument of reverence to those soldiers who gave their very identity in service to their country.

Standing just across the Potomac River, amidst over 250,000 resting veterans and loved ones, this national memorial is visited by over 4,000,000 people a year, and guarded by the dedicated soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment. The Old Guard. 


The Old Guard

The Old Guard is the oldest active duty infantry regiment in the United States Army, formed by President George Washington in 1784. This unit provides military support to the Capitol region, and conducts ceremonies on behalf of our great nation.

The Sentinels that guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are part of Echo Company, which houses a variety of ceremonial components. This includes the Continental Color Guard, the U.S. Army Drill Team, Caisson Platoon, and a complete Full Honors Presidential Escort Platoon.


The Project

This "Living Documentary" is the first of it's kind, and will cover portions of the rigorous training cycle of the Sentinels that guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This training program is highly selective, and boasts the least awarded badge currently awarded by the United States Army.

Generally, the process to become a Sentinel lasts up to 12 months. During this time, the standards and discipline required to guard "The Unknowns" is imparted from seasoned "Badge Holders" to the "New Men".

In our desire to illuminate the sacrifice given by the "The Unknowns", we have launched this project in order to illustrate the same ideals held by those who now preserve their memory.


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What Happens Next

Only when we meet our goal, is your pledge actually charged to your account. Additionally, any support of our project is greatly appreciated.

Please help expand this campaign by sharing it on twitter, facebook, and by emailing this Kickstarter link to all your friends, family members, and anyone else who would enjoy a documentary of this caliber.

How your pledge helps

Your pledge will assist our film crew of four, in a three week shoot covering transportation and lodging costs from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. This initial documentation will begin around Memorial Day, 2012, and last just under a month.

After this production term, our crew will fly home to put the finishing touches on this initial episode, and seek investment support in order to return to film the remainder of the Sentinel training cycle.

Thanks for checking out our project!

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