21 February 2010

Not Everyone Gets A Snow Day



Last week, when Washington DC was paralyzed by a snow storm, there was a group of dedicated men and women who didn't think twice about going to work in the snow.


The Tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Rain, sun, snow, it doesn't matter; The Tomb of the Unknowns has been guarded by The Old Guard Sentinels - the  3rd U.S. Infantry - every minute of every day since 1937.

 



The six wreaths (three carved on both the north and south sides on the Tomb are inverted to represent mourning. The six wreaths represent the six major battle campaigns of World War I:

  1. Chateau-Terrie
  2. Ardennes
  3. Oisiu-Eisue
  4. Meusse-Argonne
  5. Belleauwood
  6. Sommes

 

The unknown soldiers buried here represent the missing and unknown service members for four different wars. Being buried at Arlington gives these families a place to grieve and pray. 

 

The inscription (author unknown) on the back (west side) of the tomb reads:
HERE RESTS IN
HONORED GLORY
AN AMERICAN
SOLDIER
KNOWN BUT TO GOD

 

Just something to think about on our next snow day


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