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"How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns" 02/22/2013
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"How many steps
does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns"
Jim Kelly
"How many steps
does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns" ----
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
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
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
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.
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.
respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin,
>marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that
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.
Meaning of Flag Draped Coffin 02/22/2013
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Jim Kelly
Let us always remember..
All Americans should be given this lesson...
Meaning of Flag Draped Coffin

All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used GOD's word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it's high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history. Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to protect our 'GOD GIVEN' rights and freedoms.
I hope you take the time to read this... To understand what the flag draped coffin really means... Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers.

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?
Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!
The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, 'Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.'

The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that They pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.
The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are! uppermost reminding them of their nations motto,'In God We Trust.'
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.
There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.
Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the symbol of ' Liberty and Freedom.'

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Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN IN 1907 02/22/2013
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Jim Kelly
Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN IN 1907
'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'
Theodore Roosevelt 1907
and also...
Calvin Coolidge - "Restricted immigration is not an offensive but purely a defensive action
A picture is worth a thousand words 02/18/2013
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Patriot Freedom
Jim Kelly
A picture is worth a thousand words
and finally a picture we
all are waiting to see...
Jim Kelly
Patriot Freedom
Patriot Freedom Supports Israel 01/19/2013
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Patriot Freedom Supports Israel...
As you can see by the map below, the Arab and
United Nations agenda is about the Destruction of Israel, nothing else, period.
Again, Patriot Freedom supports Israel as a soverign Nation, with its own Capital..not a shared one
Jim Kelly
Patriot Freedom

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