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PostSubject: The Unknown Soldier   Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:21 pm

I received this in my E-Mail today and felt it was worth sharing, even if it is an "oldie"
Final Jeopardy Question Well Worth Reading !




On Jeopardy the other night, the final question was How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns ------ All three missed it ---



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." 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 service-person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously,



24/7, since 1930.



^i^ ^i^ ^i^


God Bless and keep them.




I suggest that this email be forwarded and I'd be



very proud if this one reached as many as possible. We can be very proud



of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
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PostSubject: Re: The Unknown Soldier   Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:33 pm

Yes, I have seen this before, but, it was well worth reading again and renewing my respect and admiration for those who guard the tomb of the unknown soldier.
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PostSubject: Re: The Unknown Soldier   Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:33 pm

That was interesting to find out about.

Especially seeing as i don't live in the US, or have never been there to hear or see this first hand.

Thank you.
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PostSubject: Re: The Unknown Soldier   Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:13 pm

Flower wrote:
Yes, I have seen this before, but, it was well worth reading again and renewing my respect and admiration for those who guard the tomb of the unknown soldier.
Yes, me also.
I have also had the wonderful experience of witnessing the guards in Washington DC when I was a young boy.
I'll never forget it!
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PostSubject: Re: The Unknown Soldier   Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:50 pm

Wow that must be an awesome sight!

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