TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier?
21 steps. 7x3. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute.
How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk?
Why are his gloves wet?
His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
Which sholder does he carry his rifle?
He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb.
How often are the guards changed?
Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.
What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?
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 33." Other requirements of the Guard: They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb. There are a number of things they must commit to, so as not to disgrace the tomb.
ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD,
AND LET YOUR PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.