The Jeopardy Question No One Could Answer

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    The Jeopardy Question No One Could Answer


    ARLINGTON CEMETERY

    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.

    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 serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously,
    24/7, since 1930.
    God Bless and keep them.
     
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    Yeah, my brother sent me that in an email too.


    Let's teach OUR children the sacrifices these brave men did for us.
     
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    I saw a History Channel show about it. It's very moving to see it in person.
     
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    Wow. I didn't know how intense the standards and commitment are. Very admirable.
     
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    There is a philosophical connection between the standards and cemetery. War is dehumanizing so it is not an accident the standards also require dehumanization. The first time I personally watched the guards is when I ran in the Army Ten Miler during AIT at Ft. Eustis. They look like robots. Their perfection to the movements is amazing to see up close but I can't shake the obviousness of the way we are trained like machines to celebrate an activity that serves no greater purpose.
     
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    Interesting post PC....but I am not buying some of it


    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
    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

    I'm going to need a link on this. Seems unenforceable and unrealistic
     
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    I think you are correct as to some of the items, I did check on Snopes.com and they also found a few to the specifics questionable...but not the basics.
     
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    Another really great thing to see is the parade at the Marine's barracks there in DC. Just plain awesome.
     
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    Did anyone notice that 21 steps (the answer to the question in the OP) times 2 is 42????
     
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    cute trivia. brings a tear to an eye.

    What is shameful is that you did not disclose this is a story from an email you received.

    The story makes me feel. I hope you do not think posting it makes you special in any way. There are liberals, conservatives, blacks, latinos, socialists and communists, and more---all buried there. But I bet you already knew that. You probably received an email telling you Americans of all stripes are buried at Arlington...even some who opposed American wars and power.

    :cool:
     

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