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Tomb of the Unknown...
« on: February 17, 2012, 12:33:12 AM »
I found this information regarding the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery really interesting... katt

How many steps does the guard take during his
walk across the tomb of the Unknowns

This is really an awesome sight to watch if you've
never had the chance. Very fascinating.

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.

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 or the tomb in any way.

After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel
signifying they  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 Lewis {the boxer}
Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most
decorated soldier of WWII and 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 he Unknown Soldier twere 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 service person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

God Bless and keep them.
We can be very proud of our young men
and women in the service no matter where they serve.
God Bless America

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Re: Tomb of the Unknown...
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2012, 02:33:22 PM »
Just some added info:

"Keep your mouth SHUT!"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mzTsCN7mNs

"Stay off the tomb grounds!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG40fRF6dvU&feature=related

Stand in respect for those who have fallen  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9rufMBujMo&feature=related
« Last Edit: February 17, 2012, 02:45:13 PM by genenco »
"Today, most of the good people are afraid to be good. They strive to be broadminded and tolerant. It is fashionable to be tolerant but mostly tolerant of evil and this new code has reached the proportions of demanding intolerance of good."

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Re: Tomb of the Unknown...
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2012, 02:57:18 PM »
Thanks Katt for the info.I never knew they had such strict rules!!
God bless them and God bless America!!

 

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