Today is flag day in America, a day to proudly display our flag and show our love and respect for our country and for the men and women who serve in our armed services.

This has been on the internet before, but in case you missed it here are some very interesting facts about our Soldiers who guard the tomb of the unknown in Washington DC.

How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the unknowns and why?  21, it alludes to the twenty- one gun salute, the highest honor given any military person.

How long does the solider hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk.  21 seconds

Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time?  No.  He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb.

The guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year.

To have the honour of guarding the Tomb of the unknown the shoulder must be between 5'10 and 6'2 and waist size cannot exceed 30 inches.

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.   Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniform ready for guard duty.  They can not swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform (fighting) or the tomb in any way.  After 2 years the guard is given a wreath prin 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.

Happy Flag day America.

T.J. Kirkpatrick