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Tomb of the unknown soldier

Discussion in 'Sound Off' started by ccavacini, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. ccavacini

    ccavacini Super Mod Mod

    Interesting facts about the tomb:

    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


    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.

    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.

  2. wow, what else can a guy

  3. Absolutely speechless! That was one of the best "reads" I have ever seen!

  4. Incredible! Talk about dedication. I wish more of us had that.It might be a better world.
  5. seabee

    seabee Staff Member Super Mod Mod

    Man, and i thought I had it bad being stationed at Camp David. Keeping those uniforms (inspection ready) was the worst part of the day
  6. I went to Washington to see those sites,i was very impressed with the 'changing of the guard' at the tomb,a thing all should see if you ever go that way,you'll be filled with patriotism,let alone from the other monuments.
  7. I have been to Washington a handful of times. But each time, I make a point to go to Arlington. It's a moving experience every single time I walk through the gates.

    I was lucky enough to take a trip to D.C. a little over a year ago with both of my Grandfathers. They both served in WWII in the Navy. One was in the North Pacific, the other the South Pacific. It was an unbelievable trip.

    WWII Memorial National Mall, Washington D.C. 10/04

  8. A family to be proud of WarEagle,i could have spent much more time in Arlington,i'll go back soon.My son is in 82nd Airborne,going to Iraq soon.