ARLINGTON CEMETERY

 






 

On Jeopardy the other night, the final question was How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns ------ All three missed it ---

This is really an awesome sight to watch if you've never had the chance Very fascinating.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    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

    high est honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

    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


    Why are his gloves wet?


    His 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 r ifle to the outside shoulder.



How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every thirty minutes,

twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.



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
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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.






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 anticip ation 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,


marchin g 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.