The monument will center around a larger-than-life bronze sculpture by Barbara Mungenast depicting three Old Guard Soldiers – a saluting sergeant in ceremonial Army blues, a fifer from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and a combat infantry rifleman – representing the regiment’s multifaceted missions.

A replica headstone will rest at the base of the sculpture, alluding to the regiment’s solemn duty of providing military honors to all interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

The sculpture will be set within a public plaza designed by architect Alex Zaras, which will feature stone fixtures and green spaces.

Gifted to the U.S. Army by the nonprofit Old Guard Monument Foundation, the monument is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

The project is the brainchild of retired Colonel (R) James F. Laufenburg, who was the Old Guard’s regimental commander on Sept. 11, 2001, when the unit deployed to the Pentagon to maintain security and assist in rescue and recovery operations.