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Jeopardy Question:

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 contestants missed it!

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..

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 service person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

God Bless and keep them. We can be very proud of our men and women in the service no matter where they serve.

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 got it wrong. 

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

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why? 

Twenty-one 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 returning walk and why? 

Twenty-one seconds for the same reason as the answer of #1.

3. Why are his gloves wet? 

His gloves are moistened to prevent him from 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 two 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 E. Lewis (the boxer) and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, (the most decorated soldier of WWII.) Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniform ready for guard duty. 

In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC, our US Senate/House took two 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. 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 awarded to a service-person. 

The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

ARLINGTON CEMETERY 


A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life,
wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of
America", for an amount of "up to and including my life."
- Unknown

Jeopardy Question:

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 contestants missed it! --


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 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.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms
ready for guard duty. 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.

In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching
Washington, DC , our US Senate/House took two 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.

My grandmother sent me this in an email and it’s really interesting.

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A one armed Gurkha is more dangerous than 200 Japanese soldiers.

In May of 1945, World War II companies B and C of the 4th and 8th Gurkha rifles found themselves in the unenviable position of being surrounding by Japanese forces in Burma.  On the night of May 12th, Havildar Lachhiman Gurung was stationed with two other soldiers in an outpost guarding his company’s position when suddenly he was assaulted by 200 Japanese soldiers.  The Japanese began by throwing grenades at his foxhole, badly wounding his two comrades.  Gurung grabbed the live grenades and chucked them back at the enemy.  One exploded in his hand, blowing off his arm and blinding him in his right eye.  Undeterred by the grievous wound, Gurung held his ground and continued to fight.  With his left hand, he managed to work the bolt of his Lee Enfield rifle, gunning down the enemy by shooting the rifle with one hand. Often he would hide, then surprise the enemy when they closed in on his position, shooting them at point blank range.  For four hours Gurung fought.  According to soldiers of his company a mere 100 yards away (who were also under attack) he could be heard shouting, “Come and fight a Gurkha!” When Gurung was finally relieved, he was found surrounded by 31 dead enemy soldiers.  Recalling the incident, Gurung states,

“I had to fight because there was no other way. I felt I was going to die anyway, so I might as have died standing on my feet. All I knew was that I had to go on and hold them back. I am glad that I helped the other soldiers in my platoon, but they would have all done the same thing.”

For gallantry and bravery, Gurung was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest honor given by British and Commonwealth Forces. Despite losing an arm, Gurung refused to leave the service, and continued to serve with his unit until the end of the war.

After the war Gurung moved to the UK where he became a farmer.  In 2008 the British Government refused the immigration requests of 2,000 Gurkha soldiers who had served in the British Army, many of whom were veterans of the Falklands War and the Gulf War, citing that they had "failed to demonstrate strong ties to the UK”. Gurung became the main spokesman for Gurkha rights, helping convince a high court that the law was unjust in 2009.

Lachhiman Gurung passed away in 2010, leaving behind a wife and 5 children, one of whom is an officer in the 8th Gurkha Rifles.

2014 Actors Fund Celebrates 20 Years of Disney On Broadway

On April 29, 2014, The Actors Fund’s annual gala raised a record-breaking $1.6 million, as a sold-out audience at the New Amsterdam Theatre witnessed stars of 20 years of Disney on Broadway in highlights from the producing powerhouse’s history of award-winning shows. The evening honored the creative collaborators and staff members of Disney Theatrical Productions as they celebrate 20 years on Broadway. Formed in 1994 and operating under the direction of president and producer Thomas Schumacher, Disney received the Medal of Honor, the highest award given by the 132- year old non-profit human services organization. In addition, Fund CEO Joseph P. Benincasa received The Fund’s honor for 25 years of service to the creative community.

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