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    Arlington Cemetery-Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    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

    How many steps does the guard take during his
    walk across the tomb of the Unknowns
    and why?
    It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which
    is the
    highest honor given any
    military or foreign
    How long does he hesitate after his about face
    to begin his return
    walk and why?
    seconds for the same reason as answer number

    Why are his gloves wet?

    gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his
    grip on the rifle.
    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.

    How often are the guards changed?

    are changed every thirty minutes,
    twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a

    What are the physical traits of the guard
    limited to?
    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.

    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
    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.


    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.

    We can be very proud of our men
    and women
    in the service.

    God Bless and keep them.

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    Every time I have to travel to back to DC, I make a trip to the Tomb of the Uknowns. If time permits, I visit the WWII memorial, the Vietnam Wall, and the Marine Corps Museum. I'll be back there in August for two weeks. I will make my way to Arlington.
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    I worked in Arlington in the mid 80s and visited the Tomb many times. I was always amazed watching the guards, while always wondering who was in the tomb. Then back in the late 90s when DNA test became popular I had seen on the news that they were going to DNA test the unknown soldiers.
    I can understand the families who have love ones that are MIA, and of course if I had a father that was MIA I would surely try to find his remains, but that would be impossible in N Korea. I liked the idea that the person in the tomb is unknown.

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