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Something useful… and free.

The public is invited to stop by AAA’s free paper-shredding event on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to noon on the parking lot of AAA’s headquarters office in Tulsa at 2121 E. 15th St., just west of Lewis Ave. on the north side of 15th St. [/or_column_text][/or_column][/or_row][or_row][or_column width=”12/12″][or_column_text animateswitch=”no” animateevent=”onhover”] Documents will be shred on-site. There will be no need to worry about paperclips, staples or soft spirals. The machine will deal with all of those items.

Bring all materials to be shred in grocery sacks.

Meanwhile, when you consider real estate, call me with your real estate questions and when you are considering a buy or sell.

A public service announcement presented by Wayne Barnes – (918) 645-1470 Broker Associate, Coldwell Banker Select.

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ARLINGTON CEMETERY
 
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Why are his gloves wet?
     His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
  4. 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.
  5. How often are the guards changed?
    Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.
  6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?
    For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5′ 10′ and 6′ 2′ tall and his 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.
 
They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.
 
After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on his lapel signifying he served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn.
 
The guards must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.
 
The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.
 
There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror. Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.
 
The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred.
 
Among the notables are:
President Taft,
Joe Lewis {the boxer}
Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame.
 
 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 service person.
 
The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.