The Old Guard, Fort Myer, Virginia Challenge Coin
The Old Guard and Fort Myer both are steeped in the traditions and history of the United States and the US Army, and it is fitting that they should share a common facility.
The 3rd Infantry Regiment, the oldest Army regiment—created in 1784—was reactivated in 1948 as the “Old Guard,” to assume responsibility as the Army’s official ceremonial presence in Washington, D.C. The Old Guard is based at Fort Myer, and is comprised of about 80 men and women. Usually seen on horseback in funeral processions, they wear navy-blue coats and lighter-blue pants with a crisp yellow stripe down each leg, also the distinctive Regiment hat.
The land currently occupied by Fort Myer, adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery, traces its ownership to a descendant of Martha Washington, who married a young Army Lieutenant, Robert E. Lee. Lee rescued the estate from financial ruin in 1858, but when the Civil War broke out in April 1861, Lee left the area to lead the Confederate Army, never to return. The land was confiscated and became a cemetery for the war dead—now Arlington National Cemetery.
The Old Guard, Fort Myer challenge coin salutes the dignity that the Old Guard brings to each solemn occasion, as they honor in the finest military tradition those who have served nobly and well. The coin is minted of a brass alloy, with rich enamel finish. The obverse is the 3rd Infantry/Old Guard crest, with the surround of The Old Guard, Fort Myer, Virginia. The reverse features the Great Seal of the United States.