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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery
The Old Guard, 3rd US Infantry Regiment
Apr 19, 1951 – General Douglas MacArthur gave his “Old Soldiers” speech before the U.S. Congress.
“I am closing my 52 years of military service. When I joined the Army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all of my boyish hopes and dreams. The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at West Point, and the hopes and dreams have long since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barrack ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that “old soldiers never die; they just fade away.”