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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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    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 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 hour! s 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: He
    must commit 2 years
    of his life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and
    cannot drink any alcohol
    on or off duty. He cannot swear in public or disgrace the uniform
    {fighting} or the tomb in any
    way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on h!
    is lapel, signifying
    he served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The
    guard must obey
    these rules for the rest of his life or give up the wreath pin.

    The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and
    cold from his feet.
    There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order
    to make the loud
    click as he comes to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint ! on
    the uniform.
    The guard dresses for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

    During 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
    uniform rea dy 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 o f 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 cont! inuously, 24/7, since 1930.



    GOD BLESS AND KEEP THEM!

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    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    Wow...I can't even find the words to express how chilling yet patriot of an experience it is to see the changing of the guard of the tomb of the unknown...

    I got goose bumps reading this as the memories came flooding back...

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    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    Been there, seen that, got the t-shirt, have the respect for those guys. An unvelievable experience to see it as a foreigner. I can't imagine what it must be like for an American.

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    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    After reading this post, this is one place I'll ned to visit with my family. Just reading this gave me goosebumps.

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    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    Originally posted by need4speed
    After reading this post, this is one place I'll ned to visit with my family. Just reading this gave me goosebumps.

    that is on the list of things todo

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    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    I've been there as a kid and was increadibly impressed and proud to watch the changing of the gaurd. I look forward to visiting again someday.

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    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    Originally posted by Half Squid
    I've been there as a kid and was increadibly impressed and proud to watch the changing of the gaurd. I look forward to visiting again someday.
    what he said.....

    it's a display of respect you can't describe in words and those points above make it even more amazing... i didn't know most of those things. It's not all show, either... i remember hearing that one guard had to stop some guy who approached too close and almost had to use deadly force cuz the guy thought the guard wasn't serious or something.... what a dumbass

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    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    i've seen it a few times. it is chilling, and you can hear a pin drop.... the above is cool, but not all true.


    http://www.snopes.com/military/unknown.asp




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