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Old 11-16-2011, 12:39 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by trip286 View Post
There have been some Americans who got into some trouble for starting stuff at the Nagasaki memorial. Can't give dates or links, but I very vividly remember seeing it on the news about 5 years ago. All I could do was hang my head in shame.

I think he does.
See, in my world, had i been there I would have went off for something like many people roasted is NO laughing or joking matter. Again, a place of solemn reflection. Same goes for the Auschwitz memorial.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:24 AM   #22
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I just did a search and came up with this about the weapons of the guards...

"Over the years there have been several different types of weapons used by the Tomb Guards. The changes in weapons reflect the changes in the Army, including M1903 Springfield rifle, M1 Garand and M14 rifles, M1911 .45 ACP and M9 9mm Beretta pistols. Tomb Guards currently carry M14 rifles, which are unloaded, but kept ready for use at all times, and always have a bayonet fixed." I presume they carry live ammo....just not loaded live ammo. But then.. he probably only needs the bayonet to get his way..
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Well said, well done. The Old Guard does an important job.
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We visited this site a few years back and by the end, I found myself weeping for the honor that went along with each soldier fortunate enough to participate. How anyone can disrespect this is beyond my contempt.
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