Thursday, June 24, 2004

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier the guard takes 21 steps during his walk across the tomb. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

He hesitates 21 seconds after his about face to begin his return walk for the same reason.

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

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.

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

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 {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.

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.

Our US Senate/House took 2 days off as they couldn't work because of the expected storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported tonight that, because of the dangers from Hurricane Isabelle approaching Washington DC, 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.


When we ask our young men and women to risk their lives or our behalf they deserve this kind of honor and more. Every commander and particularly the Commander-in-Chief should hold our military in this kind of respect. Their lives should not be wasted on endeavors to protect our mere economic or political interests. It is they who have volunteered to put their lives on the line so that ours might be preserved. That is their mission. They are not there to protect our riches and they are not there to make other nations conform to our will. They are there to keep you, me, and our loved ones safe. Period. There is no other way to justify the sacrifice.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi dad, nice to see some of your own opinions more extensively :)
just wondering if you've seen Fahrenheit 9/11 yet. Myself and Damien's family saw it on Friday and are still talking about it, everyone in the city actually is. Big lines, and at least half of the people coming into the cafe are talking about it.
Its interesting though, I called Mom and they dont seem into seeing it, it seems to me because the editorials,etc in the main newspapers are playing it off as a silly, meaningless satire.

We sure weren't laughing. Men are talking about the scenes where they cried the hardest.
Well, with the corporate media as it is, if a truly meaningful documentary about politics comes out, would they reall say so?

Kendall said...

Our theatres are not showing Fahrenheit yet. But our Dems are going to have a movie party when they do.

Anonymous said...

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