Keith Brownmiller
The Gunny
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Rick Holly
Doesn't that have something to do with the Civil War? Didn't the Union forces bury several hundred soldiers in this particular area to prevent Gen. Lee's family from claiming their land (which the battle was fought on) after the Civil War? I think Gen. Lee had a beautiful rose garden there before the war. So the one rose the soldier has must have something to do with Lee's rose garden.
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Keith Brownmiller
Sorry Rick, incorrect.
The Gunny
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uva7
i would guess that it has something to do with it being the guards last walk.  ???   
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Keith Brownmiller
uva7, you are right. When a sentry at the Tomb of the Unknown walks his last post, he lays a rose.
The Gunny
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uva7
very cool....  must be a tough assignment to leave ..
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Keith Brownmiller
The sentry assignment belongs to one of the oldest units in the Army. Those soldiers selected train for months prior to being allowed to actually walk post. They walk in one hour increments regardless of weather. Every movement is precise, every step is exact while at the position of attention. My understanding is that their tour of duty is a couple of years. Their last ceremony as depicted denotes respect, honor and loyalty.

Could you imagine yourself walking a post under those exacting conditions?
The Gunny
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Rick Holly
uva7@yahoo.com wrote:
i would guess that it has something to do with it being the guards last walk.  ???   

Good job, UVA7!
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uva7
keith , there is actually a video. Although they diddnt mention the laying of the rose , they did cover the bunker the guys live in, the inspections they go through etc..... it was pretty informative. I dont think most people realize how serious they take there post... i will see if i can find a link for others to check out...
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Rick Holly
uva7@yahoo.com wrote:
keith , there is actually a video. Although they diddnt mention the laying of the rose , they did cover the bunker the guys live in, the inspections they go through etc..... it was pretty informative. I dont think most people realize how serious they take there post... i will see if i can find a link for others to check out...

We (The teachers I worked with before retiring.) would show the video to our sixth graders ever year. We also read Daniel's Story (holocaust story) to them.
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Keith Brownmiller
uva7, I believe I have either seen the internet video and/or seen a special on the history or armed forces channels.

Would be nice if we could find that video. Again great post.
The Gunny
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John Green
VERY HONORING! Rick, although I didn't know the answer myself, your incorrect answer sounded good. Until........Keith said, "Sorry Rick, incorrect" Lol..........................
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Rick Holly
John Green wrote:
VERY HONORING! Rick, although I didn't know the answer myself, your incorrect answer sounded good. Until........Keith said, "Sorry Rick, incorrect" Lol..........................

Everything I said is correct, except the part of the soldier giving the rose on his last day?
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uva7
I think the saying goes "close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades rick... [smile]
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Rick Holly
uva7@yahoo.com wrote:
I think the saying goes "close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades rick... [smile]

But I was right about everything else. Keith is just a tough grader.
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John Green
uva7@yahoo.com wrote:
I think the saying goes "close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades rick... [smile]


Ummmmmmm, okay...........Joe summed it up. Rick, you're incorrect. Lol!
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John Green
Rick Holly wrote:
uva7@yahoo.com wrote:
I think the saying goes "close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades rick... [smile]
But I was right about everything else. Keith is just a tough grader.


Keith is a bully.................Lol! I got your back, Rick.
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Rick Holly
John Green wrote:
Rick Holly wrote:
uva7@yahoo.com wrote:
I think the saying goes "close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades rick... [smile]
But I was right about everything else. Keith is just a tough grader.


Keith is a bully.................Lol! I got your back, Rick.

Keith is a tough, old Marine.
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uva7
attention to detail right?
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Rick Holly
uva7@yahoo.com wrote:
attention to detail right?

Yep. Just like a boot camp drill instructor!
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Rick Holly
Rick Holly wrote:
uva7@yahoo.com wrote:
attention to detail right?

Yep. Just like a boot camp drill instructor!

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Bigdaddy dale
I saw a whole show about the guards at the Tombs of the Unknowns. Even after their tour is over they are still held to the standards of when they were actively guarding the Tombs. They are not allowed to swear , drink ,  or do anything to dishonor the unit. If they do their badge number is removed from a wall that has every badge from every guard that has ever stood guard. I've been to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers several times , and it still is a haunting experience .
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