Friday, July 4, 2008

Today is Independence Day, let's not forgot those who have given all.
When I was a kid my grandparents took us to Arlington National Cemetary 3 or 4 times and I didn't understand why you would want to go more than once. It was quiet and a funeral was always going on, who would want to go back? Well, now I get it...... I found a few interesting facts about the Tomb of the Unknowns:
1. It takes approximately 8 hours to prep his/her uniform.
2 He does not do an about face. He stops on the 21 st step, then turns and faces the Tomb for 21 seconds. Then he turns to face back down the mat, changes his weapon to the outside shoulder, counts 21 seconds, then steps off for another 21 step walk down the map. He faces the Tomb at each end of the 21 step walk for 21 seconds. The Sentinel then repeats this over and over until he is relieved at the Guard Change. 21 seconds alludes to the 21 gun salute, which if the highest honor given any military.
3. There have been 3 female Sentinels.
4. There are living quarters under the ampitheater.
Mema and Granddaddy: Thank you for trying to give us redneck kids some sense of history and a little culture. Big Daddy and I are planning out trip to DC to try to do the same for our kids.

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