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Questions about the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

3. Why are his gloves wet?

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time
and, if not, why not?

5. How often are the guards changed?

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

Does anyone know the answer to any of these questions?
Just curious.....


Asked by Anonymous at 3:54 PM on May. 30, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (12)
  • I for one appreciate your posting this question. As the child of an Air Force Veteran(deceased) and the sister of an Air Force man(retired) I feel we should remember what Memorial Day is all about~ Remembering those brave men and women who paid the ULTIMATE price for our freedom!

    Answer by Robsmommy at 8:58 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • So, I take it you got this in an email?

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:58 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • If you want to know the truth behind that chain mail, then go here.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:00 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • 1. 21 steps (because of the 21-gun salute - the highest military honor)
    2. 21 seconds. Same reason.
    3. His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
    4. He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb.
    5. Guards are changed every thirty minutes
    6. They must be between 5' 10" and 6' 2" tall and the waist size cannot exceed 30".

    Happy to have helped with your homework. lol


    Answer by neebug3766 at 4:00 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • Happy to have helped with your homework. lol

    Sweetie, I haven't had homework for longer than you've been alive! And school is out in a lot of areas by now, the ones still in session are counting down the days.......

    Seeing that this IS Memorial Day Weekend, and this is when the Unknown Soldier is honored by the Pres or his emissary, I just thought it might be fun to post a few things about it, which yes, I did get in an email.......I didn't see a need to check this for a super high degree of validity, as it seemed to be rather innocuous....just some interesting factoids, nothing slanderous or libelous.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:14 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • No, nothing slanderous, but some of the things that you read are only partial truths and isn't it better to have full understanding? If you really want to learn about the Tomb, check out its website. It has a big FAQ and gives you the full, TRUE facts instead of partial truths.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:23 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • The Vietnam Unknown was ID'd in 1998. The person who used to be in the middle is Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 5:58 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • Gee, thanks, you ladies sure know how to take a lighthearted post and turn it into something else altogether!

    It IS Memorial Day weekend, and I just thought that something to do with Memorial Day might be nice to read about. You know, get away from the bashing, and the crap about whether or not the oil leak is a conspiracy, or whether Sestak's job offer was really criminal........Sorry to interrupt your day........

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:15 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • Lighten up Ladies, gee whiz!

    Answer by Zanjea at 8:13 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • Most young people don't know what an honor it is and the pride those solders take to guard the tombs. Long hours and a lot of hard work to even prepare to do that job. It takes 6 hours to even shine their own shoes and there can not even be a speck of lint on their uniforms. They can not even have a drink of alcoholoff duty and must be of utmost behavior at all times..


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 1:54 AM on May. 31, 2010