October 2020 – National Salute Events
5 months ago
We are getting word from all corners of the United States about different National Salute events being created in your communities. With the local and national restrictions of COVID some people are suspending their events, yet others are finding creative ways to continue the local traditions while remaining safe and in compliance with guidelines.
Some of the highlights so far include the National Salute being included into:
- 21-gun salute from shore batteries at the historic Washington Navy Yard in the District of Columbia.
- A small ceremony in Spokane, Washington hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
- Gathering of local veterans around a flagpole to recite the Pledge of Allegiance hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 166 at the DeLeon Plaza Gazebo in downtown Victoria, Texas.
- Short outside service and bell ringing hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles, Oregon.
- The annual Veteran’s Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the World War II and Civil War Memorials in the City of Birmingham, Michigan hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
- Bell ringing by staff of the Maryhill Museum of Art at the Stonehenge War Memorial in Goldendale, Washington.
- Ringing of a 1850 farm bell at the grave of Sergeant Archer’s grave in Osceola, Indiana at Chapel Hill Memorial Park, followed by a wreath ceremony.
If you are planning to include the National Salute in your communities Veterans Day events, please share them with us we can help get the word out!
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Did you know?
Is it true after two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as Guard of the Tomb, that there are only 600 presently worn, and that the Guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin?
The Tomb Guard Identification Badge (TGIB) is awarded after the Sentinel passes a series of tests. The TGIB is permanently awarded after a Sentinel has served nine months as a Sentinel at the Tomb. Over 600 have been awarded since its creation in the late 1950's (on average 10 per year). And while the TGIB can be revoked, the offense must be such that it discredits the Tomb of the Unknowns. Revocation is at the 3rd Infantry Regimental Commander’s discretion and can occur while active duty or even when the Sentinel is a civilian. The TGIB is a full size award, worn on the right pocket of the uniform jacket, not a lapel pin.