Why This Matters

In his Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln spoke movingly about the necessity to honor those who gave their last full measure of devotion to a cause greater than themselves. In the aftermaths of all our wars and conflicts—through ceremonies, monuments, statues, parades, and simple Thank You’s—we have sought and continue to honor those who have served in uniform, although not always with the same level of reverence. Americans who don the uniform embrace the spirit of the founding fathers and live up to the final words of the Declaration of Independence: we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. This pledge is what the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stands for, on a deeper level.

The Sentinels who protect the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and walk back and forth day and night, know theirs is a sacred duty. They will tell you that although they do not know the names of the unknown soldiers, they nonetheless form a deep attachment with their brothers-in-arms, unknown to the world, but who represent all the fallen and missing from all wars and conflicts in which the United States has fought.

The purpose of the WETU Project is to expand the “Army” of those who embrace the duty to remember and, in our own way, fulfill the Sentinel’s Creed.

The Sentinel’s Creed

My dedication to this sacred duty
is total and whole-hearted.
In the responsibility bestowed on me
never will I falter.
And with dignity and perseverance
my standard will remain perfection.
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.
It is he who commands the respect I protect,
his bravery that made us so proud.
Surrounded by well-meaning crowds by day,
alone in the thoughtful peace of night,
this soldier will in honored glory rest
under my eternal vigilance.
Simon 1971

As Lincoln made clear, however, memory and reverence are not enough. We must resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain by carrying forward the cause for which they fought, whether it is democracy, equality, justice, or love.

Remembering and honoring the dead is easier when they are known, when their names are spoken aloud. The purpose of the WETU Project is to honor the unknown, not only the unknown soldiers of WWI, but all who—in some way—have served and been forgotten, or serve but are forced to hide their authentic selves, or are missing in action.


Thank You for Helping to Make This Project a Reality

We are proud that the following organizations partnered with HMC to make the WETU Project a reality.

Through their generosity, the following persons, organizations, and foundations helped to make the WETU Project possible:

The following individuals donated to our Kickstarter campaign, enabling us to reach our goal. We can’t thank them enough.

Matthew Schulte
Anonymous (you know who you are)
George & Melanie Marcec
Paul Backer
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bennett
Jay T. Johnson
Brian D. Larios
Gavin McIlvenna, Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Michael Schnetzer
George Dickson
Keith Grahl & Harry Anderson
Jon Hill
Jeff, Jesse, & Josh Light
Amber McClure
Jennifer Quick
Steven L. Sanders
Veronica Sheehan
Beth Dickson Suggett
Cameron & Karla Wesson

Steve Dodge & Paul Elo
Holger Doering
Heather & Matthew Elwood
Scott Hill
Steven D. Queen
Cliff Schiappa
Brian Sixbury
Doris “Dori” Turner
Ginger & Joe Wheeler
Anne Aabom Dahl
Amelie Delzer
Lee Hartman
Anson Kibby
Holden Kraus
Greg Morey
Adam Schneider
Margaret Halbig
Anthony G. Thompson
Anonymous (you, too, know who you are)