I got some interesting information in an email a week or so ago…
To qualify for guard duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C., a soldier commits to 2 years to guard the tomb, living in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol, or swear in public for the rest of his life.
Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty, ensuring there are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform.
The first six months of duty, a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV. All off-duty time is spent studying the notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930, even through Hurricane Isabelle in 2003.
All to serve a fallen comrade they’ve never met.
We say we serve our Savior…
- How committed are we to living a lifestyle that honors Him on and off "duty"?
- Do we ensure our uniform – Christ's righteousness – is in perfect, spotless condition? How much time do we spend taking care of it?
- How much time do we spend, away from other distractions, in study and preparation for duty?
- Do we continue to serve during the fiercest of storms?
The fallen soldiers deserve our thanks and our honor for their sacrifice.
How much more should we honor Jesus Christ?