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The Changing of The Guard
Of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

>> Monday, May 28, 2012

Many people may not be aware of the very formal process of The Changing of The Guard at The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier  at Arlington Cemetery.  The Architect, Lorimar Rich, a Local Syracusan, not only was the architect for several of Syracuse University's buildings, including: E.I. White College of Law, Watson, Marion and Shaw Dormitories, and the renovated Archbold Gymnasium; But he was also The Lead Architect for The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.  

This Tomb has been guarded, every hour of every single day, of every single year since 1930.  And it is a very precise routine..

According to Wikipedia:

There is a meticulous routine which the guard follows when watching over the graves:
  1. The soldier walks 21 steps across the Tomb. This alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given to any military or foreign dignitary in America. His weapon is always on the shoulder opposite the Tomb (i.e., on the side of the gallery watching the ritual).
  2. On the 21st step, the soldier turns and faces the Tomb for 21 seconds.
  3. The soldier then turns to face the other way across the Tomb and changes his weapon to the outside shoulder.
  4. After 21 seconds, the first step is repeated.
This is repeated until the soldier is relieved of duty at the Changing of the Guard.
The mat is usually replaced twice per year: before Memorial Day and before Veterans Day. This is required due to the wear on the rubber mat by the special shoes worn by Tomb Guards. The sentinels have metal plates built into the soles and inner parts of their shoes to allow for a more rugged sole and to give the signature click of the heel during maneuvers. The sentinels wear sunglasses due to the bright reflection from the marble surrounding the Tomb and the Memorial Amphitheater.
On the ground not covered by the mat, a wear pattern in the tile can be seen that corresponds to the precise steps taken during the changing of the guard. On the mat itself, footprints worn in by hours and hours of standing guard are also visible.



Have a wonderful Memorial Day.
And please remember the reason why we have this day...

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