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ARLINGTON CEMETERY

Jeopardy
Question:

On
Jeopardy awhile back, the final question was
"How many steps does the guard take during his
walk across the tomb of the Unknowns?"
All three contestants missed it!
This is really an awesome sight to watch if you've never had the chance .
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
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 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
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.



God
Bless and keep them.

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Nice. Very cool read.


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I was there almost exactly a year ago and you would not believe the lack of respect for this place and for the monuments in DC in general. It was disgusting. The general public just doesn't get it, and they should to some degree. I'm not talking about just young people either. It was all ages.

Watching the changing of the guard and watching the soldier walk his post is an absolutely incredible experience. I was part of many burial details and color guards and even took part in some funerals in Arlington, these guys never cease to amaze me.

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Impressive read, and that's dedication!!

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Visited there several years back, I remember it like yesterday , it is a place of aw , honor and respect also very humbling and an overwhelming since of gratitude over takes you as you realize the amount of what seems like an endless amount of burial crosses of those that gave their lives for us an our country.


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This is a good read.

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Extremely interesting, amazing sacrifice by thoseguys

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Good reading.

I went there when I was 12 years old. I'm now 36. Even then i understood the sincerity and respect given as did the other people that were there. I've seen the videos lately and it's shameful the way the public acts now.


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Interesting post. I had no idea at all.
May God bless our great country and all that served.


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Thank you for read. Incredible stuff. I find all of those war memorials and cemeteries very moving. I also find the people who go there without due respect absolutely infuriating.

A dear friend's father was interred at Quantico last summer. The honor guard and band stood at unwavering attention in the sweltering heat, while we were attending the service in the Marine Corps Chapel. Afterwards they carried his casket to his grave...no hearse! The entire ceremony was awe inspiring and humbling. I felt almost unworthy to even be witnessing it.

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If memory serves me right one of the facts we were told during the tour was that unknown soldiers in the tomb are becoming less because of modern science and the ability to test DNA. It is an awe inspiring display of the ultimate sacrifice. When one human lays down there own life so a group of others can enjoy the freedom that we have come to take advantage of and expect is the ultimate sacrifice we should be deeply thankful for everyday.


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I have watched it. It was about 20 years ago and I have to say I was teary eyed as I watched and thought about all those people that have given their lives and time in service for us to live in the comfort that we do.

I cannot believe a 30 inch waist. When I was in my early 20's, 6ft even, I had a 30 inch waist, I worked construction and was is great shape. But I ate hardly anything working out in the heat all day.

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Amazing showing of appreciation when your willing to sacrifice that much of your life to show your appreciation to the fallen unnamed soldiers!!!

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baron von wrote:
humbling



Their commitment is justified... and appreciated.
They define Espri’ De Corps..
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