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Old Aug 14, 2010, 3:53 PM   #1
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Old Aug 14, 2010, 4:11 PM   #2
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Too bad Obama did not show the same respect.
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Politics aside, this is a memorable place to visit. I visited in 2008 and was awed by the significance of Arlington and specifically the tradition of standing guard over the tomb of the unknown soldier. 24 x 7 x 364, rain or shine, the gurad stands true. If you are ever in the nations's capital, you should go...it is a life changing experience. Here's my memory from it:

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+1 to the memorable experience. I visited DC about 4 years ago. I was there 5 days. Went to Arlington 3 times over two days.

The guards at the Tomb are awesome. It's all about the number 21 IIRC. They take 21 steps. Turn wait 21 seconds. Take 21 steps and repeat. It is amazing to witness.

I recommend you spend time throughout Arlington if you visit. You never know what you will run across. Example: I walked through Arlington on my way to the Marine Memorial. As I was doing so I stumbled across a standard headstone with a plaque on the back. The picture was of the Marines putting up the flag on Iwo Jima. Googling the Marine's name on the headstone revealed he was the one who reportedly took the flag up the hill at Iwo Jima. Renne Ganone was his name I believe.
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I had some buddies part of the Old Guard, and another with the Navy Honor Guard. They did the funerals all the parades, and all the drill and ceremony events in DC. It is quite an honor for an enlisted or nco's to be pick to serve those units.

With the politic thing, administrations change all the time, Honor and Tradition is here to stay in the US Military. So I do not get caught up with what the politician do. Arlington is a place of our nations hero's, that is why all the branches will always have a honor guard on duty there.
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With the politic thing, administrations change all the time, Honor and Tradition is here to stay in the US Military. So I do not get caught up with what the politician do. Arlington is a place of our nations hero's, that is why all the branches will always have a honor guard on duty there.
I agree, It is unfortunate that Arlington is next to DC. The political stuff (regardless of party) needs to get checked at the river!
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