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1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

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2. How long does the guard hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

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3. Why are the guard's gloves wet?

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4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and if not, why not?

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5. How often are the guards changed?

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6. How many Sentinels have been female?

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ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington , DC , our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

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Question 1:
How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

Answer 1:
21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

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Question 2:
2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his
return walk and why?

Answer 2:
21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

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Question 3:
Why are his gloves wet?

Answer 3:
His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

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Question 4:
Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and if not, why not?

Answer 4:
He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

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Question 5:
How often are the guards changed?

Answer 5:
Guards are changed every thirty minutes in the summer and every hour in the winter. When the cemetery is closed, the guard is changed every 2 hours. The tomb has been guarded every minute of the day since 1937.

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Question 6:
How many Sentinels have been female?

Answer 6:
There have been three female Sentinels and 1 female Platoon leader.

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