Tomb DatesJun 1967 - Aug 1968
Military DatesAug 1966 - Aug 1968
Society MembershipLifetime Member
Home City / StateOak Park, IL
Current City / StateHuntley, IL
Tomb ReflectionsIn April, 1968, M.L. King was assisinated. We were all put on alert and later that night our Relief went into a section of town (with loaded rifles) to help prevent any more burning/looting. As the sun rose the next morning, several ladies from the area visited us with warm rolls, etc. to thanks us for protecting them and their property. 2 months later R.E. Kennedy was killed and our RElief worked the funeral. About 4 months later I received a pesonal letter from Ethel Kennedy, thanking me for being at the funeral.
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Did you know?
How does the guard rotation work? Is it an 8 hour shift?
Currently, the Tomb Guards work on a three Relief (team) rotation - 24 hours on, 24 hours off, 24 hours on, 24 hours off, 24 hours on, 96 hours off. However, over the years it has been different. The time off isn't exactly free time. It takes the average Sentinel 8 hours to prep their uniform for the next work day. Additionally, they have Physical Training, Tomb Guard training, and haircuts to complete before the next work day.