Peace and Joy in Our Lord Jesus!
On the television show Jeopardy, the final question was “How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns”. All three contestants missed it! So if you are ever a contestant on Jeopardy… here are some facts about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why? 21 steps: It alludes to the twenty-one-gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.
How long does he hesitate after his about-face to begin his return walk and why? 21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1.
Why are his gloves wet? His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and, if not, why not? 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.
How often are the guards changed? Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.
What physical traits are required of guards?
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 service person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930. God Bless and keep them.
Present in the Most Blessed Sacrament is Our Lord Jesus who gave His life that we may have Eternal life. Eucharistic Adoration is our opportunity to “stand guard” in prayerful adoration of Our Lord who is truly present. Our military brothers and sisters have shown us the value and importance of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Our Lord Jesus has shown us the value of each and every life by giving His own life for us. While standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has value, the importance of paying meticulous attention to Our Lord in prayerful adoration is of infinite value. May we seek to find real and meaningful ways to encounter the living Christ and His promise of eternal life. Please prayerfully consider spending an hour in adoration of Our Eucharistic King!
Here is a very inspired video on Adoration. It is beautifully done.
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