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Michelle Pankonien

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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 areand 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 W.W.II} 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 serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously,
24/7, since 1930.

I don't usually suggest that many emails be forwarded, but 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.


God Bless and keep them.
 

Running Arrow Bill

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Impressive information!

However, I would think that anyone (soldier or not) that spent 5 hours a day getting their uniform "in order" was a very slow groomer or had an obsessive/compulsive disorder.

Assuming the uniforms of the Guards were cleaned and pressed by a reputable cleaner service, to spend 5 more hours working on the uniform...well...I really don't believe that!
 

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Bill your lack of respect is what is impressive.
 

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Running Arrow Bill":1pb0kyjk said:
Impressive information!

However, I would think that anyone (soldier or not) that spent 5 hours a day getting their uniform "in order" was a very slow groomer or had an obsessive/compulsive disorder.

Assuming the uniforms of the Guards were cleaned and pressed by a reputable cleaner service, to spend 5 more hours working on the uniform...well...I really don't believe that!
Bill I have always been puzzled when someone mocks what I call sacred. We as a country with pagentry guard a tomb of an unknown soldier; a dead man . We do not guard, with pagentry , a family such as a queen. All that I can think of that we guard with formality is a tomb of an unknown dead man. That mans tomb represents to me the countless lives of men lost in our nations struggle to protect freedom.Can you tell me why you feel the need to mock the clothing of the soldier that has been appointed to guard such a monument?I resisted this comment as long as I could Bill. My town just buried an unknown soldier again this last week. He is completely unknown to you and most anyone else. His wife and young son would be offended as well by your comments. You should rethink your statement.
 

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