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(WUSA9)   The Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as the Old Guard, continues to watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Solider 24/7/365. "For us, it doesn't matter if it's a hurricane, or if it's the coronavirus. We are always here, we are always guarding"   (wusa9.com) divider line
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2020-03-25 8:50:31 AM  
For those who've never been to Arlington Cemetery and seen it first hand, here's one of the watch changes in 4k with good audio.

Watch Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery in 4K
Youtube 4utXb3auOew
 
2020-03-25 9:24:39 AM  
One of my college professors started a history podcast.  One of those dealt with interviewing a Tomb Guard.  Here's the link if interested:

https://professorbuzzkill.com/tomb-of​-​the-unknown-soldier/
 
2020-03-25 9:27:34 AM  
 Well it's not like they'll give coronavirus to the unknown soldier
 
2020-03-25 9:38:07 AM  
We actually had one of these guys train our color guard unit several years ago.  Very impressive.

/csb
 
2020-03-25 9:40:49 AM  
If they've closed the cemetery to visitors, it's not like the handful of guys are going to be up close and personal for any length of time.  Maybe move their marching paths a few feet apart.
 
2020-03-25 9:41:59 AM  
This is a fine and honorable tradition but still I feel its kind of shameful that we don't hear more about the Tomb of the Unknown Waffle Iron.

Found on the beach at Normandy after the bloody fighting was over nobody knows how it got there or for whom it fought.
 
2020-03-25 9:42:47 AM  
Are they still afraid someone's gonna come in and rape the dude while he's sleeping?
 
2020-03-25 9:44:40 AM  
Is there a black market for fencing unkonw soldiers?
 
2020-03-25 9:45:10 AM  
These guys are hardcore. They're virtually married to this job. Respect.
 
2020-03-25 9:45:14 AM  
The Unknown of World War I
On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the plaza of Arlington National Cemetery's new Memorial Amphitheater. The journey of the World War I Unknown to Arlington began in France in September 1921, when four American bodies were exhumed from unmarked battlefield graves. U.S. Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger (a World War I veteran who was wounded in combat and received the Distinguished Service Medal) selected the Unknown Soldier from among four identical caskets at city hall in Chalons-sur-Marne, France. Amid pomp and circumstance, the chosen casket was then transported to Washington, D.C. aboard the Navy cruiser USS Olympia. Those remaining in France were interred in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, one of several dozen foreign cemeteries operated by the American Battle Monuments Commission.
The World War I Unknown arrived in Washington on November 9, 1921 and lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda for two days. Some 90,000 visitors lined up to pay their respects. On Armistice Day (November 11) 1921, body bearers from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps transported the casket to a caisson for the large ceremonial procession to Arlington National Cemetery. At the Memorial Amphitheater, President Warren G. Harding officiated at a ceremony attended by over 5,000 people. The U.S. Marine Corps band played the national anthem, followed by the Army Chief of Chaplains' invocation and two minutes of silence. President Harding then addressed the crowd and placed the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross on the casket. Foreign dignitaries added more medals. The ceremony then moved to the east front of the Amphitheater, where, as a battery cannon fired three salvos, the casket was lowered into the crypt. A bugler played Taps, followed by the battery firing a 21-gun salute. The Unknown Soldier was home.
 
2020-03-25 9:45:48 AM  

Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Are they still afraid someone's gonna come in and rape the dude while he's sleeping?


It's not about actually guarding the tomb.   That could be done with technology.

This is an *HONOR* guard, not a physical guard.
 
2020-03-25 9:45:56 AM  
They could be doing something actually useful... like helping manage (something to do with) the pandemic.
 
2020-03-25 9:47:43 AM  

Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Are they still afraid someone's gonna come in and rape the dude while he's sleeping?


Your pure existence is owed to people like this soldier. Unfortunately you're a rancid piece of shiat that doesn't deserve it.
 
2020-03-25 9:48:00 AM  
Pretty impressive, but it's got nothing on the Air Force and the 51st Electrical Engineering Division's guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Solderer.
 
2020-03-25 9:49:31 AM  

LiberalConservative: They could be doing something actually useful... like helping manage (something to do with) the pandemic.


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2020-03-25 9:49:45 AM  

nyseattitude: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Are they still afraid someone's gonna come in and rape the dude while he's sleeping?

Your pure existence is owed to people like this soldier.


Let's not get crazy.
 
2020-03-25 9:50:36 AM  

Warthog: For those who've never been to Arlington Cemetery and seen it first hand, here's one of the watch changes in 4k with good audio.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/4utXb3au​Oew]


This one's pretty good too:
Changing of the Guard Mishap
Youtube lxEi9eg44YU


Took a bayonet to the foot and barely moved then went on his appointed rounds. Fortunately, they saw fit to relieve him a short time later. Might have been because he was making a mess with all that blood.
 
2020-03-25 9:50:43 AM  
We have to honor the dead military or else no one would want to fight.
 
2020-03-25 9:52:53 AM  
This is their job.  It's what they get paid to do.  They work their shift and then someone else shows up and works a shift.

Garbagemen are a shiatload more useful and are doing a much more dangerous job, and they don't get any wankery.  Maybe they need snappier uniforms.

Yeah, yeah. boohoo.  I hear your tears.
 
2020-03-25 9:54:34 AM  

dothemath: This is a fine and honorable tradition but still I feel its kind of shameful that we don't hear more about the Tomb of the Unknown Waffle Iron.

Found on the beach at Normandy after the bloody fighting was over nobody knows how it got there or for whom it fought.


Discordian like typing detected
 
2020-03-25 9:56:30 AM  
Son of Still in dat stan (now STL Metro East Stan).

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2020-03-25 9:58:01 AM  
I am motorcycling sick of religious worship of the military. Yeah, soldiers die. They deserve decent treatment. But we're at the point where the ONLY way we believe people should expect decency and compassion is it they've been paid to carry a gun. The poor? The sick? the homeless? The elderly? The mentally illegal aren't suffering from combat-related PTSD? fark 'em every one.

It's done in service of unquestioning obedience to the war machine and its profits. Because as we have seen all that red white and blue jacking off doesn't mean they actually get the (evil socialist) government services.
 
2020-03-25 9:58:40 AM  

nyseattitude: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Are they still afraid someone's gonna come in and rape the dude while he's sleeping?

Your pure existence is owed to people like this soldier. Unfortunately you're a rancid piece of shiat that doesn't deserve it.


Yes, yes, the troops protect my freedom.  Funny, but I don't recall the troops protecting my freedom from Kelo vs. New London.  The troops didn't do anything to stop Obummer from making you buy healthcare and letting liberal governors steal everyone's guns.

The fact is that the troops don't protect anyone's freedom.  The citizenry does.  If the citizens decide they want to have political prisoners then we will have political prisoners, and the troops will be the ones rounding them up.
 
2020-03-25 10:02:23 AM  

Two16: LiberalConservative: They could be doing something actually useful... like helping manage (something to do with) the pandemic.

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Yeah, I know... Fark and hero worship.
But, if these soldiers took time off from this post to help with the pandemic I would be more proud of them. Also, I doubt the unknown soldier would mind either. Likely, that is what he would prefer.
 
2020-03-25 10:03:42 AM  

anuran: I am motorcycling sick of religious worship of the military. Yeah, soldiers die. They deserve decent treatment. But we're at the point where the ONLY way we believe people should expect decency and compassion is it they've been paid to carry a gun. The poor? The sick? the homeless? The elderly? The mentally illegal aren't suffering from combat-related PTSD? fark 'em every one.

It's done in service of unquestioning obedience to the war machine and its profits. Because as we have seen all that red white and blue jacking off doesn't mean they actually get the (evil socialist) government services.



Who volunteers to be poor?  Sick?  Homeless?  Elderly?  Mentally ill (aside from the Poltab)?

There's your answer.
 
2020-03-25 10:04:11 AM  

Rapmaster2000: nyseattitude: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Are they still afraid someone's gonna come in and rape the dude while he's sleeping?

Your pure existence is owed to people like this soldier. Unfortunately you're a rancid piece of shiat that doesn't deserve it.

Yes, yes, the troops protect my freedom.  Funny, but I don't recall the troops protecting my freedom from Kelo vs. New London.  The troops didn't do anything to stop Obummer from making you buy healthcare and letting liberal governors steal everyone's guns.

The fact is that the troops don't protect anyone's freedom.  The citizenry does.  If the citizens decide they want to have political prisoners then we will have political prisoners, and the troops will be the ones rounding them up.


WWI was very real and threatening to the freedom of everyone. Go f*ck yourself, you're a vile piece of shiat.
 
2020-03-25 10:04:34 AM  

nyseattitude: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Are they still afraid someone's gonna come in and rape the dude while he's sleeping?

Your pure existence is owed to people like this soldier. Unfortunately you're a rancid piece of shiat that doesn't deserve it.


It's a dead body.

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2020-03-25 10:09:57 AM  

nyseattitude: Rapmaster2000: nyseattitude: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Are they still afraid someone's gonna come in and rape the dude while he's sleeping?

Your pure existence is owed to people like this soldier. Unfortunately you're a rancid piece of shiat that doesn't deserve it.

Yes, yes, the troops protect my freedom.  Funny, but I don't recall the troops protecting my freedom from Kelo vs. New London.  The troops didn't do anything to stop Obummer from making you buy healthcare and letting liberal governors steal everyone's guns.

The fact is that the troops don't protect anyone's freedom.  The citizenry does.  If the citizens decide they want to have political prisoners then we will have political prisoners, and the troops will be the ones rounding them up.

WWI was very real and threatening to the freedom of everyone. Go f*ck yourself, you're a vile piece of shiat.


Area Man Has Childlike Understanding of WW1
 
2020-03-25 10:11:01 AM  
Honoring the war dead is a lot cheaper than providing care for those who returned.
 
2020-03-25 10:26:33 AM  

Creidiki: Honoring the war dead is a lot cheaper than providing care for those who returned.


Exactly, whats your point?
 
2020-03-25 10:26:45 AM  

Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Are they still afraid someone's gonna come in and rape the dude while he's sleeping?


The stand constant guard as people have died to get in there.
 
2020-03-25 10:28:00 AM  
I want to see someone attack the tomb, so the guard has to do something other than be a scarecrow
 
2020-03-25 10:33:11 AM  

LowbrowDeluxe: nyseattitude: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Are they still afraid someone's gonna come in and rape the dude while he's sleeping?

Your pure existence is owed to people like this soldier. Unfortunately you're a rancid piece of shiat that doesn't deserve it.

It's a dead body.

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Username checks out
 
2020-03-25 10:38:55 AM  
Lot's of trolls in this thread. Didn't expect anything else.
 
2020-03-25 10:41:45 AM  

great_tigers: Lot's of trolls in this thread. Didn't expect anything else.


/welcome to FARK. Where no one contributes, yet everything is expected.
 
2020-03-25 10:42:19 AM  

Rapmaster2000: This is their job.  It's what they get paid to do.  They work their shift and then someone else shows up and works a shift.

Garbagemen are a shiatload more useful and are doing a much more dangerous job, and they don't get any wankery.  Maybe they need snappier uniforms.

Yeah, yeah. boohoo.  I hear your tears.


It's more than shift work for the guards , you ingrate....
 
2020-03-25 10:43:14 AM  

Warthog: For those who've never been to Arlington Cemetery and seen it first hand, here's one of the watch changes in 4k with good audio.


Basically it's a dance performance. Quite cute, but maybe in times of crisis they could be doing something more useful,
 
2020-03-25 10:43:49 AM  

anuran: I am motorcycling sick of religious worship of the military. Yeah, soldiers die. They deserve decent treatment. But we're at the point where the ONLY way we believe people should expect decency and compassion is it they've been paid to carry a gun. The poor? The sick? the homeless? The elderly? The mentally illegal aren't suffering from combat-related PTSD? fark 'em every one.

It's done in service of unquestioning obedience to the war machine and its profits. Because as we have seen all that red white and blue jacking off doesn't mean they actually get the (evil socialist) government services.


You'd be speaking German if not for these hero's you ingrate
 
2020-03-25 10:49:38 AM  
Even as an ex-Army guy I'm kind of tired of the wankery over the military, but this is a little different than the bullshiat you see at every NFL game.  Yeah, in one way it's totally pointless, but symbolically it's not and symbols in the military matter more than folks who haven't been in might think
 
2020-03-25 10:49:42 AM  
While I respect and admire their commitment to their assigned duties, I think something is deeply wrong with the basic human psyche when people take ritual this far.

I have no idea where to draw the line on acceptable/too far, so I'll simply remind everyone that this is simply my opinion and I'm not trying to change things.
 
2020-03-25 10:51:59 AM  

LiberalConservative: They could be doing something actually useful... like helping manage (something to do with) the pandemic.


you can go fark off with that noise
 
2020-03-25 10:53:07 AM  

Bflotvguy: anuran: I am motorcycling sick of religious worship of the military. Yeah, soldiers die. They deserve decent treatment. But we're at the point where the ONLY way we believe people should expect decency and compassion is it they've been paid to carry a gun. The poor? The sick? the homeless? The elderly? The mentally illegal aren't suffering from combat-related PTSD? fark 'em every one.

It's done in service of unquestioning obedience to the war machine and its profits. Because as we have seen all that red white and blue jacking off doesn't mean they actually get the (evil socialist) government services.

You'd be speaking German if not for these hero's you ingrate


Which in no way, shape, or form changes the fact that the whole masturbatory song and dance routine of death worship is exactly what the previous poster said it was.  You want to 'honor' them, spend the money on the VA instead.  Or keep acting like a cliche, whatever works for you.
 
2020-03-25 10:53:53 AM  

ltdanman44: I want to see someone attack the tomb, so the guard has to do something other than be a scarecrow


why don't you go give it a try then, show us how it's done...please.
 
2020-03-25 11:02:55 AM  
This needs to be the subject of a Mission Impossible film where the nefarious dudes steal the unknown soldier. I'll be right here to collect my screenwriter's fee, Tom.

/Also here for you too Daniel, perfect that MI6 would want to help the Yanks out.
 
2020-03-25 11:03:52 AM  

dittybopper: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Are they still afraid someone's gonna come in and rape the dude while he's sleeping?

It's not about actually guarding the tomb.   That could be done with technology.

This is an *HONOR* guard, not a physical guard.


Right, they're guarding his honor. Of course it doesn't matter to the old corpse whether he gets raped at this point, but it's the principle of the matter.
 
2020-03-25 11:04:58 AM  

ltdanman44: I want to see someone attack the tomb, so the guard has to do something other than be a scarecrow


It would be far more fun to tunnel to it, then burst out in full zombie make up and a tattered uniform. The guards wouldn't know whether to shoot, salute or shiat themselves.
 
2020-03-25 11:13:24 AM  

dogsafark: LiberalConservative: They could be doing something actually useful... like helping manage (something to do with) the pandemic.

you can go fark off with that noise


Shrug. Plenty seem to agree with me.
That dead soldier would probably prefer/appreciate real action to symbolism, at least during times of national emergency.
 
2020-03-25 11:36:47 AM  
Memorials are built by those that feel guilty about not serving.  I've never served, I feel guilty about it so I'm all for memorials.  And, I post a thank you on Facebook to all those soldiers that died for our freedom on Veteran's Day.  I also post a thank you on Facebook to all those that served on Memorial Day
 
2020-03-25 11:39:01 AM  

dittybopper: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Are they still afraid someone's gonna come in and rape the dude while he's sleeping?

It's not about actually guarding the tomb.   That could be done with technology.

This is an *HONOR* guard, not a physical guard.


Oh, they will beat you down if you jump that rope
 
2020-03-25 11:41:23 AM  
seems pretty silly to be doing propaganda cos play when there isnt any crowds
 
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