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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.

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

God Bless and keep them. :angel8:













 

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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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thank you for posting tommy
 

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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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