"Honored Glory"
by Rod Chase

 

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H" x W"

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Price

Giclee on paper ~ Signed & Numbered

16" x 24"

350

$175

Giclee on paper ~ Artist Proof

16" x 24"

50

$200

Giclee on Canvas ~Signed & Numbered

16" x 24"

350

$395

Giclee on Canvas ~ Artist Proof

16" x 24"

35

$495

Giclee on Canvas ~ Open Edition/unsigned

10" x 15"

Open

$65

Giclee on Canvas ~ Open Edition/Signed

10" x 15"

Open

$90

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is one of Arlington Cemetery's most popular
 sites.  The Memorial Amphitheater has been the scene of funerals of some prominent
 Americans as well as the site of the Memorial Day and Veterans Day celebrations.

 

The remains of unknown American soldiers from World Wars I and II and
 the Korean conflict are contained in the Tomb.  It is perpetually guarded
 by members of the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard).  Since 1937, the
Tomb has been guarded 365 days a year, every minute of the day and night. 
The guards never wear their rank on their uniforms, as they do not want to
outrank the unknown soldiers, whatever their rank may have been.

 The bodies of many soldiers killed in World War I could not be identified. 
To honor them, the remains of one were brought to the United States Capitol to lie
 in state.  On Armistice Day, 1921, the remains were ceremoniously buried at
Arlington National Cemetery.  The Tomb bears the inscription:  Here Rests
in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known But to God 

Congress later directed that an "unknown American" from subsequent wars,
World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Viet Nam War, be similarly honored.
  With the development of DNA technology, the Unknown Soldier from the Viet Nam War
 was exhumed and identified.  There may never be another unknown soldier.

 The changing of the guard ceremony is conducted every hour in winter and
every half-hour in summer.  All walks are two hours in duration after the
cemetery is closed.  As the active sentry nears the end of his walk, a uniformed
relief commander enters the plaza to announce the changing of the guard.  When
 the sentinel assigned the next walk leaves the Guard Quarters, he unlocks his
M14 rifle to signify he is ready to begin the ceremony. The relief commander slowly
 approaches the Tomb, salutes, faces the visitors, and requests silence during the
 ceremony.  As the new sentinel approaches, the relief commander slowly, and
 with great precision, conducts a white-glove inspection of the sentinel's weapon. The
two men then march to the center of the black mat where the duty sentinel stops
 his walk.  All three men salute the Tomb. The Tomb sentinels salute with their
rifles held in front of them.  "Pass on your orders," the commander instructs the active
sentinel.  "Post and orders, remain as directed," he replies.  "Orders acknowledged,"
 answers the relieving sentinel, who then steps into position at the center of the mat.
  As soon as the relief sentinel and relief commander pass, the new sentinel begins
his walk:  21 paces south, turn and pass for 21 seconds, turn and pass 21 steps south,
 repeating the actions without distraction until relieved by the next changing of the guard.

 A small building, known as "the box," is next to the Tomb.  During the wreath-laying
 ceremonies, it is a retreat for the sentinel while flowers and taps are presented. 
The building also has a telephone with a direct line to the Tomb Guard Quarters
for emergencies or to relay information to the next shift.

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