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6 November 11, 2009 Your Hometown Newspaper Bath County News-Outlook sville, KY ross from Dollar General Gas Co Inc. le, KY mt Funeral Home e, KY KY 40360 rs, Broker ers, Auctioneer t neral Home It Lick, KY Hour Obituary Line E. Hamlin, DMD ve's Discount Tobacco pm Iler Scenic View Drive le, KY le Wishy Drive ille, KY 210 m the Cleanest hes Around" COMMEMORATE VETERANS DAY BY NOMINATING SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYERS National Guard and Reserve members and families eligible to nominate employers for Secretary of Defense award This Veterans Day, mil through January 18, whom provide significant from the employer com- members of the National 2010. National Guard support to their employees munity. "There is much Guard and Reserve and and Reserve members and who serve in the National excitement surrounding their families across the their families are eligible Guard and Reserve. 2009 the 15thanniversaryofthe nation have the opportuni- and encouraged to nomi- honorees ranged from Freedom Award," noted ty to nominate supportive nate employers who have AeroDyn Wind Tunnel, acting ESGR Executive employers for the Secre- provided exceptional sup- LLC, a small automotive Director Ms. Polli Brunel- tary of Defense Employer port of military employees racing wind tunnel testing li, "and we're enthusias- Support Freedom Award,above the federal law re- company in North Caro- tic to begin selection oi the highest recognition quirements, lina to large businesses in- the 2010 recipients from given by the U.S. Gov-Almost one-half of theeluding Microsoft and As- amongst all of the heartfelt ernment to employers for U.S. military is comprised traZenecaPharmaceuticals nominations that will be their support of employees of the National Guard and to Santa Ana, California submitted by thousands ot who serve in the National Reserve. The Department Police Department, a pub- proud Citizen Warriors." Guard and Reserve. Nom- of Defense shares these cit- lic sector employer. Past ESGR was established in inations will be accepted izen warriors with their ci- recipients of the Freedom 1972. Its mission is to gain at www.FreedomAward, vilian employers, many of Award have provided sig- and maintain employer nificant support including support for Guard and Re- 6ualS at IN Tomb of the gnlmiown Soldier full salary, continuation serve service by recogniz- of benefits, care packages ing outstanding support, Aguard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier must take and family assistance to increasing awareness of a special kind of person, employees fulfilling their the law and resolving con- Question: How many steps does the guard take during military obligation. The flicts through mediation. his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why? Freedom Award was insti- For questions regarding Answer: 21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun tutedin 1996 under the aus- the Freedom Award nomi- salute which is the highest honor given any military or pices of Employer Support nation process, please visit foreign dignitary, of the Guard and Reserve www.FreedomAward.mil Question: How long does he hesitate after his about (ESGR), a Department of or contact Maj. Melissa face to begin his return walk and why? Defense Agency, to recog- Phillips, ESGR Public Af- Answer: 21 seconds alluding to the twenty-one gun nize exceptional support fairs, at 703-380-9262. salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary. Question: Why are the guard's gloves wet? Answer: The gloves are moistened to prevent the guard losing his grip on the rifle. Question: Does the guard carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time, and if not, why not? Answer: The guard carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder. Question: How often are the guards changed? Answer: Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. Question: What are the physical traits of the guard lim- ited to? Answer: For a person to apply for guard duty at the Allie E. Hunt tomb, he must be between 5'10" and 6' 2" tall and his Army' "194q-q945 waist size cannot exceed 30." Other requirements of the Guard: A guard must commit two (2) years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or offduty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and can- not disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is wom on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin. The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as the guards come to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror. Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uni- forms ready for guard duty. The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent study- ing the 175 notable people laid tb rest in Arlington Na- tional Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis (the boxer) and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, (the most decorated sol- dier of WWII) of Hollywood fame. The military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Hurricane Isa- bel were given permission to suspend the assignment. The guards respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldeir was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24 hours a day 7 days a week since 1930. g & Air ,ngsv, lle, KY Dealer! " A Touchstone Energy Cooperative