US – Give The Tomb Guards A Break – The Unknown Soldier Won’t Mind – 29 October 2012

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=421362581251246&set=a.330374477016724.83603.311190048935167&type=1&theater

I find this more disturbing than pleasing.

In fact, it’s a metaphor for something else, really. Here we have a decision to risk the lives of three people in America’s military to protect a box holding a person who is already dead. I have to think that the person in the box would not have wanted anyone to risk their lives to protect his or her dead body.

This may be important for the pride of some, but it is threatening to the lives of others. I think these three gentlemen have earned a couple days off, so they can get themselves and/or family and friends to safe ground.

Maybe it would be a good thing if the lives of our soldiers meant as much to us as honour does.

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One Response to US – Give The Tomb Guards A Break – The Unknown Soldier Won’t Mind – 29 October 2012

  1. As it turns out, the photo about which I am commenting is from September, and not a current hurricane photo. However, as I understand it, it is still true that an armed guard patrols the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier even under the conditions of the present hurricane. As such, I have decided to keep this article posted, despite the fact that the photo I originally posted does not accurately depict soldiers protecting the Tomb under the present hurricane conditions. My apologies for the error commenting on this widely disseminated picture.

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