Sunday, July 16, 2017

TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

This video is quite a long one - 9 minutes and 45 seconds - but when I realized we were going to be seeing the Changing of the Guard, I kept the video going.  If you have difficulty seeing it below, the YouTube address is at this link.  


I also must add that there will be those of you who don't have a solid connection.  I know Diane at My Life in Charente 2 hasn't been able to watch any of the videos for that reason.  So sorry Diane but I will be sharing photos in the near future.

Our New Zealand guest is now on the next leg of his journey.  Bill, when you read this, Gregg and I can honestly say we miss you.  You were a wonderful house guest/friend/family member, and we look forward to the time when we can meet up again.


29 comments:

  1. Isn't it sad how many of our cultures have to have a Tomb for Unknown Soldiers...

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  2. Thanks for sharing and I would also say you are the perfect hosts!

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  3. I can see it! How often do they do this?

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    1. I found the following for you Ginny.

      "The Guard is changed every thirty minutes during the summer (April 1 to Sep 30) and every hour during the winter (Oct 1 to Mar 31). During the hours the cemetery is closed, the guard is changed every 2 hours. The Tomb is guarded, and has been guarded, every minute of every day since 1937."

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  4. Such an awesome thing. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Pam. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  5. What a wonderful thing for your guest to see! I would love to be there for it.

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    1. Thank you Sallie. He enjoyed seeing all the sights very much.

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  6. Great video luckily my internet connection is great. Have a great week. it is a sunny morning here. Monday 7a.m.

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    1. I am happy you could see it Gosia. Sunny here too and very warm. Have a great week :)

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  7. Hello, I have seen this before on TV. I am glad you and your cousin had a nice visit. Maybe next time you will visit him in New Zealand. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week ahead.

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    1. Thank you Eileen. Who knows, maybe :) Happy day to you and also for the week ahead.

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  8. I don't think I could hold my camera still that long, in fact I know I could not..

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    1. I surprised myself Sandra, it is the longest video I have ever taken.

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  9. Hello Denise!:) I enjoyed the dignified precision of the changing of the quards. I hope Bob has a safe journey home.:)

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    1. Thank you Breathtaking, I will pass your wishes on. The Sentinels are very well coordinated, very impressive.

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  10. Sadly this post is beyond me as you have already realised, I look forward to seeing your photos when you post them. Diane

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    1. I will try and do a post soon Diane :)

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  11. I watched with a lump in my throat. It is so sobering and moving! I have seen it in person but it has been a LONG time ago! Thank you so much for sharing it!

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    1. I did the same Marie, it is a very moving ceremony.

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  12. Some of the ritual to it is similar to how it's done at our Tomb at the War Memorial as well.

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    1. I would be interested to see this done in Ottawa.

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    2. I'll record it sometime. They switch out every hour.

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  13. So impressive. Yes, it is 'sad' that there are so many tombs like this around the world - but perhaps they give people pause for thought.

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  14. That's a nice thing to say about a house guest you hadn't met before. Glad your time together was good.

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    1. Thank you Ellen and justly deserved. Bill was great!

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