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May 22, 2013

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – May 22, 2013

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:18 am

This week’s On The Bright Side is in honor of Memorial Day which is a day when we Americans honor those who have forfeited their lives for our country.

 

Memorial Day also reminds us to honor those who have faithfully served in the military.  Ceremonies are held across American to give tribute to living and deceased service men and women.

 

One of the most famous ceremonies is held at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.  The guard is changed every hour on the hour in an elaborate ritual.  The ceremony begins when a sentinel announces the beginning of the ceremony and asks everyone to stand and remain silent.  A detailed inspection of the weapon is carried out. The Tomb guard marches 21 steps down a black mat behind the Tomb, turns faces east for 21 seconds, turns and faces north for 21 seconds takes 21 steps down the mat and repeats the process.  This process signifies that the sentinel stands between the tomb and any possible threats.  Twenty-one was chosen because it symbolizes the highest military honor that can be bestowed – the 21 gun salute.

 

The Guards of Honor are highly trained and highly motivated and are proud to honor American soldiers who are “known only to God”.

 

Like the guards at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Americans should show their loyalty to their country and God.  If we were as faithful in our loyalty to God as the guards are to our country, America would be a better place to live and we would enjoy a life on the bright side.

 

 

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