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        I found this information regarding the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery really interesting... katt

        How many steps does the guard take during his
        walk across the tomb of the Unknowns

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


        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 he Unknown Soldier twere 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.

        God Bless and keep them.
        We can be very proud of our young men
        and women in the service no matter where they serve.
        God Bless America
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        Just some added info:

        "Keep your mouth SHUT!"  

        "Stay off the tomb grounds!"

        Stand in respect for those who have fallen

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        Thanks Katt for the info.I never knew they had such strict rules!!
        God bless them and God bless America!!

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