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Originally posted by Screwed
reply to post by Taupin Desciple
Hoarding,fight or flight,ritualistic ceremonial behavior,killing,dominance,survival mentality, kill or be killed, and preening are functions of a part of our brain that we will hopefully evolve out of one day.
'Till then, let the taxpayers fund this ritualistic ceremony.
edit on 30-8-2011 by Screwed because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Screwed
reply to post by hdutton
I think we are talking about two totally different things.
You seem to want to talk about patriotism and service to our country as well as turkey.
All I was saying is that, to me, this is a waste of taxpayer money as well as time and effort.
It makes NO practicle sense but, after seeing how important it is to some people and how much it makes some people "feel" better, I guess it serves its intended purpose That you think so highly of it doesn't make you or your family MORE American than anyones else.
I am not one to walk thru fire and look back at it and appreciate how hot and beautiful it is.
This is behavior that I hope we will grow thru someday.
To each his own.
It doesn't make you "patriotic" for agreeing with this ritualistic behavior nor does it make me somehow un-patriotic. It is what it is.
The 3rd U.S. Infantry, traditionally known as "The Old Guard," is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, serving our nation since 1784.
“The Old Guard” is the Army's official ceremonial unit and escort to the president, and it also provides security for Washington, D.C., in time of national emergency or civil disturbance.
The unit received its unique name from Gen. Winfield Scott during a victory parade at Mexico City in 1847 following its valorous performance in the Mexican War. Fifty campaign streamers attest to the 3rd Infantry's long history of service, which spans from the Battle of Fallen Timbers to World War II and Vietnam.
Since World War II, “The Old Guard” has served as the official Army Honor Guard and escort to the President. In that capacity, 3rd Infantry soldiers are responsible for conducting military ceremonies at the White House, the Pentagon, national memorials and elsewhere in the nation's capital. In addition, soldiers of “The Old Guard” maintain a 24-hour vigil at the Tomb of the Unknowns, provide military funeral escorts at Arlington National Cemetery and participate in parades at Fort Myer and Fort Lesley J. McNair.
The black-and-tan "buff strap" worn on the left shoulder by each member of the 3rd Infantry is a replica of the knapsack strap used by 19th-century predecessors of the unit to display its distinctive colors and distinguish its members from other Army units. The present buff strap continues to signify an Old Guard soldier's pride in personal appearance and precision performance that has marked the unit for 200 years.
A further distinction of The Old Guard is the time-honored custom of passing in-review with fixed bayonets at all parades. This practice, officially sanctioned by the War Department in 1922, dates to the Mexican War in 1847 when the 3rd Infantry led a successful bayonet charge against the enemy at Cerro Gordo. Today, this distinction is still reserved for “The Old Guard” alone.