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(Townhall)   While the entire east coast snivels, cowers, and whines over a little wind and rain, the soldiers guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington go right on standing their vigil   (townhall.com) divider line 160
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2012-10-30 07:18:54 AM  

BronyMedic: The fact that you can't see that this man compared an honor guard for these men to a frigging band camp activity


Did I? I wasn't aware of that.

My only point is that marching in a September rain isn't the worst that these guys go through -- or pretty much anyone who works outside for a living. Marching bands do it all the time, and we're known for being pussies. I'm supposed to be impressed?

That says nothing about their qualities. That's another discussion. I'm just saying the picture making the rounds on the Internet warrants a big fat "meh". I'm not making fun of the guys themselves, or the tomb, or our Armed Services. I am making fun of the hilariously precious snowflake who is somehow successfully fooling the Internets into mistaking a nice autumn rain for a hurricane. It's not that the guys ain't tough. It's that that particular picture is what most in the Army would call "Tuesday".
 
2012-10-30 07:32:58 AM  

Aigoo: You call me a Marine and I'm liable to get real pissed. I'm a soldier.


As an interpreter I was once confused for a bellhop. I honestly don't know how, but the misunderstanding was cleared up with any need for fistfights. People make mistakes; get over it. At least with the military there's no public perception that one is less honorable than the other. When someone walks up to you asking to see your biatches, it's time to get worried.
 
2012-10-30 07:38:17 AM  

REO-Weedwagon: Ah, The Tomb of the Unknowns, where America's military romanticists go get dewy-eyed for the dead, then go home and happily cheer on the next war.


Warm and filling is the bowls of patriotic propaganda porridge swallowed by those willing to do or die, spoon fed to them by fearless leaders whose sons and daughters are safe and warm back at home. It's a filling stew from a bottomless bowl courtesy of Daddy Warbucks families who make great coin from your children dying around the world. Keep telling yourself it's for the red white and blue as you bury your boys while Senators and Congress laugh at you.
 
2012-10-30 10:25:38 AM  
People are entitled to their opinions, but there's been only 600 people eligible to serve as the tomb guard over the last 54 years, I think there's been a few more band members that that:

After serving honorably for a period of nine months, and having passed the sequence of tests, a Tomb Guard is permanently awarded the Badge. Since the first award on February 7, 1958, fewer than 600 soldiers have completed training and been awarded this Badge, including three women. A small number of Tomb Guard Identification Badges have also been retroactively awarded to soldiers who served as Guards before 1959. Those numbers make the Badge the second rarest award currently issued in the United States Army; only the Army Astronaut Badge is rarer.

I also wouldn't compare spending 10 minutes performing at halftime during a high school football game to spending up to 2 hours (after the cemetery closes the guards switch to 2 hour shifts) in the dark and bad weather, even in the depths of winter.

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And for those who think it's a bunch of military/industrial jingo, there are many countries around the world who think it's worthwhile to honor their unidentified dead.
 
2012-10-30 10:27:41 AM  

davidphogan: The WindowLicker: henryhill: The act would be ALOT more impressive if this was something that NEEDED to be done.

It depends on what you mean by NEEDED. Nothing critical will fail if they don't guard it, nobody will immediately die, or even risk their health. However, the Old Guard are constantly reminding us that war comes with casualties. They are "building awareness" and more importantly ensuring that the public and the military both reflect on the historic and ongoing costs of war. I think that is something that Needs to be done.

For maximum impact it needs to be done at all times, not just when it is convenient. It is sort of like any other 'support the troops' activity. The only difference here is that they are actually doing it.

/10/10 A+ subby

I'm glad they build awareness that people die during wars. I'd never have known that otherwise, just like I never heard of breast cancer until the NFL went pink.

Thank goodness for all this good people do by doing meaningless but symbolic gestures in the name of awareness.


Having a gesture that is symbolic means that it is NOT meaningless. The gesture represents something regardless if you agree with it or not. I like it. It reminds me that the world isn't just the narrow focus of my own life. It's about the loss of someone who deserves some sort of justice. The body in that tomb IS a person and they deserve to be remembered, because by remembering things like this we hope to keep them from happening again. It makes us hope for something better.
 
2012-10-30 11:15:21 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: The lack of knowledge of just who guards the Tomb of the Unknowns among the Fark Super Patriottm is
disturbing but, alas, not at all surprising.


The U.S. ARMY. I would like to point out to the goobers talking about the Marines guarding the tomb that Army dress blues have a gold stripe down the side of the leg. Marine dress blues have a red stripe.

/If you're trolling by saying Marine, then carry on.
//If not then [themoreyouknow.jpg]
 
2012-10-30 11:36:43 AM  

OgreMagi: AdolfOliverPanties: mr_a: Some things are just more important than the weather.

Like guarding a tomb? What threat are they really expecting there?

That whooshing sound is the point going over your head.

Honor is more important than the weather.


Very well said, some folks will never understand.
 
2012-10-30 11:55:09 AM  
Not sure if the lot of you are trolling or what, but what does the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier have to do with USMC, when it is guarded by a US Soldier

These guys are legit. Anybody who argues differently has no sense of Honor or Commitment and their opinions show only an exceptional level of ignorance.
 
2012-10-30 12:22:43 PM  

KrispyKritter: REO-Weedwagon: Ah, The Tomb of the Unknowns, where America's military romanticists go get dewy-eyed for the dead, then go home and happily cheer on the next war.

Warm and filling is the bowls of patriotic propaganda porridge swallowed by those willing to do or die, spoon fed to them by fearless leaders whose sons and daughters are safe and warm back at home. It's a filling stew from a bottomless bowl courtesy of Daddy Warbucks families who make great coin from your children dying around the world. Keep telling yourself it's for the red white and blue as you bury your boys while Senators and Congress laugh at you.


After reading your postings these past few months and looking at your profile I must conclude that you truly are the most miserable person on the planet. You just won't stop filling every thread with scorn and derision no matter what the subject matter. It's not everyone elses fault you haven't gotten any stank on the hang low since Eisenhower was a 2LT. Go hire a hooker and get happy!
 
2012-10-30 03:48:58 PM  

Metetron: Pincy: I'm not quite sure what is "hero" about this story?

and you probably never will.


So you don't know either. I thought so.
 
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