They’re inbreeding now . . .
Also from a friend:
Arlington Cemetary in Arlington, Virginia is just across the Potomac river from our nation’s capital. It is hallowed ground not just because many of the great names in American history are buried there but most importantly, many of those who have served this wonderful country with military service are buried there and many of those gave their lives protecting our freedoms. It is hallowed ground because it is where we – The United States of America – have chosen to honor dedication and duty to those principles which we find most precious. The absolute most reverent and sacred spot in Arlington Cemetary is located near the center of the Cemetary. It is called the “Tomb of the Unknowns”. This is the place where soldiers who had been killed in action and cannot be identified during WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam are interred. The Tomb is guarded around the clock by soldiers who have volunteered for the duty. Here are just a few facts about the Tomb:
- 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.
Things you may not know:
- At the Tomb of the Unknowns (soldiers) in Washington, D.C., how many steps does the guard take when he walks his post?
- How long does the guard take at the end of his patrol and after he performs a precisely executed ‘about face’ does he wait before resuming his patrol?
- On which shoulder does he carry his weapon?
- How often are the guards changed?
The guard takes exactly 21 steps each time he walks his post past the Tomb. This is done for the same reason 21-gun salutes are given at burials and is the highest military honor given to anyone, anywhere, anytime. The guard required to know exactly how long his stride must be to accomplish this.
There is a 21-second pause at each end of the guard’s walk for the same reason as above. The guard must know exactly how long to measure his wait before resuming his patrol.
The guard’s weapon is always carried on the shoulder opposite, or away from, the tomb.
The Changing of the Guard occurs every 30 minutes, every half-hour, on the half-hour, 24 hours of of every day of every year. It is a remarkable and display of military precision, dedication, honor, duty and discipline. If you have the opportunity to visit Arlington Cemetary, this is a must see.
Post-quake differences. Haiti vs Japan
The actions of the people in Japan after the quake differ from those in Haiti. See if you can spot the differences:
Yeah . . . I thought so too. Huge differences in behavior but then there are differences in culture, economy, education, etc. as well. The people in Japan are indigenous, the people in Haiti were introduced. The people in Japan are mainly affluent, the people in Haiti are mostly poor. The people in Japan are educated, the people in Haiti are mostly not. The people in Japan pulled their island culture into world prominence, the people in Haiti languished in their destitute island culture. The people in Japan are mostly Christian, the people in Haiti are mostly voodoo.
Pay attention, you may need to know this:
There is a whole series of these on youtube, spend some time watching them all. They are entertaining, informative and just may be useful some day.