Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1
His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.
They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot
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
The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet.
Among the notables are:
In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington , DC , the 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.