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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - please read!!!!

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:46 AM
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1.  How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?  
 
        21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the  
highest honor given any military or foreign  dignitary.

 


2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?
 
       
21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

3. Why are his gloves wet?
 
     
His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.


 



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

       
He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb.
After his march across the path, he executes an about face
and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.


 


5. How often are the guards changed?
 

 
Guards are changed every thirty minutes,
twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.


 



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

      For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be
between 5' 10" and 6' 2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30."  Other
requirements of the Guard: They must commit 2 years of life to guard the
tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on
or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the
rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in
any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on
their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only
400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their
lives or give up the wreath pin.
 
       The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat
and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the
top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.
There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty
in front of a full-length mirror.
 
       The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor
watch TV.  All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid
to rest in Arlington National Cemetery . A guard must memorize who they are
and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe
E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most
decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame.
 
Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for
guard duty.





 
ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.  
 

       In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington , DC , our  
US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC  
evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the  
hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of  
the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They  
respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!"  Soaked to the skin,  
marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding  
the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be  
afforded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously,  
24/7, since 1930.  


 








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Jademom07
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Interesting, thanks. 

sheena696
by Platinum Member on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:54 AM

I went to D.C when I was a Junior in high school for a school trip. Watching the guards was by far one of my favorite things we did. I didn't know some of the stuff stated in #6..very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

mellieking
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:56 AM

I've read this before, I think it's way cool... What a honor it must be... Kudos to them!!!!

skisbufly1
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Very Intresting Thank you for posting!! 

I am a SAHM, Vaxing, Breastfeeding, No-cosleeping, Pro Spanking,Military wife, Open


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Myspace addict , Obama Mama,Horror Movie Addict, Proud of my soldier/veteran,


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bcarmona
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:01 AM

I've been to Arlington and watch the changing of the guard ceremony, it's an awesome feeling as you watch it happen.  Everyone is completely silent and it's humbling to feel the honor for your country and the people who gave the ultimate sacrifice for it. 

One thing that people also don't know is WHY they do the 21 gun salute.  Take the year our country was founded 1776 and add the numbers 1+7+7+6= 21.  Just another interest fact :)

bcarmona
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:08 AM

lol, my bad!!! I meant 1776!  I corrected it!   1775 was when the Marine corps was founded, I always get those confused!

Babylove135
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:25 AM

bump


 








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