Jim Cody en beBee USA, beBee in English, English 10/11/2017 · 2 min de lectura · +900

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Fascinating Facts about the 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..


When was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier built? The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was built following World War One and dedicated on November 11, 1921. Additional work was completed on the memorial and it was opened to the public on April 9, 1932.

Who guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier? The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded by sentinels from the 4th Battalion of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment known by its nickname, "The Old Guard".

America honors the soldiers who have fallen during service to their country. The monuments symbolize that no American who dies in battle is forgotten. The first Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated in 1866 to the unknown soldiers who had died during the Civil War.

Although the Tomb of the Unknowns holds the remains of only a few individuals, the monument honors the many unidentified soldiers who gave their lives in armed conflict.

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.”





Jim Cody 15/11/2017 · #17

#16 Exactly @javer 🐝 beBee we often take our freedom for granted, but must never forget the price that was paid by lives lost.

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Javier 🐝 beBee 15/11/2017 · #16

The entry serves as a grim reminder that freedom is not free, and that the freedoms we enjoy every day should not be taken for granted. Many thanks @Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador .


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Jim Cody 11/11/2017 · #15

#11 @Pascal Derrien thank for the interesting read about other parts of the world.

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Jim Cody 11/11/2017 · #14

#10 You are welcome @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. Many thanks for reading.

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Jim Cody 11/11/2017 · #13

#9 Many of is are fortunate to make it home safe.

Lisa Gallagher 11/11/2017 · #12

A big thank you for this post @Jim 🐝 Cody

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Pascal Derrien 11/11/2017 · #11

In France the unknown soldier is under the Arc de Triomphe on the top of Champs Elysees with the symbol of a flame, the story says that originally 8 or 9 individuals were selected but one member of the colonial forces was discarded due the colour of his skin, different times I suppose. In Ireland there is no such things as the country is neutral and was in the middle of the war of Independence in 1916, there was a big schism in society and mistrust towards those who had enrolled in the English army. for decades their sacrifice was not recognised at state level but things have changed the last 10 years especially with the Queen of England visit there is now an acknowledgement.

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Gloria Ochoa 11/11/2017 · #10

Thank you Jim.