ARLINGTON CEMETERY Jeopardy Question

ARLINGTON CEMETERY Jeopardy Question

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On Jeopardy the one 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
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1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns
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 why?
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21 stepsIt alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.
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2.  Why are his gloves wet? 
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His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
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4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and, if not, why not? 
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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.
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5.  How often are the guards changed? 
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Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. 
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6.  What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?
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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.
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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.

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After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn ontheir 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.

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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.  here are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform.. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.
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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:

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President Taft,
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Joe Lewis {the boxer}
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Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame.

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

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ETERNAL
REST GRANT THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT
SHINE UPON
THEM.
 
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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,
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“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 thehighest honor that can be afforded to a service person.
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The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.
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God Bless and keep them.

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1 Comment

  1. vassar bushmills

    I really appreciated that. Been to both Arlington and Lenin’s tomb, When it was still USSR. With the regress of the Secret Service, how long will it take to allow saloon-dogs and pillow biters into this elite corps.

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