Dedication At Arlington Cemetery

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Yesterday the news was full of stories, videos and pictures of Hurricane Sandy. This morning a story caught my eyes that concerned the guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. The guards were offered the opportunity to stand their watch under cover and out of the wind and rain. To a man they said that they were not going anywhere other than their post at the Tomb.  

I myself being a wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam war have the highest respect for these men that walk this post, 24 hours a day...seven days a week...365 days a year and have since the guard was set in place. I did a little research and have discovered that the award for walking the post is the second least awarded medal...the Army Astronaut medal being the least. It can be revoked after leaving the military for a number of reasons. There have only been slightly over 500 awarded since 1948. 

The guards spend hours each day working on their uniforms and weapons. The list of regulations to even apply for duty is hard and strict and there are very few that pass that list...and even fewer are chosen for the honor to guard those entombed. I have been to Arlington a number of times and always leave with the highest respect for the men that walk the post, not for honor and glory but for their dedication to fallen soldiers known only to God.

Craig Collier 
Chattanooga



Help Current Veterans Rather Than Building A Museum

Do you really want to help veterans?   Then why don't you honor them by lavishing help to our wounded warriors with PTSD, by providing service dogs, therapies, groups, and community center for vets and their family. That would truly be an honor. Wouldn't that be a true way to those who served our country? We have enough monuments, museums, and assorted services, heritage, ... (click for more)

Applauding The New Sex Trafficking Laws

It is appropriate that today, the start to our nation’s Independence Day weekend celebration, is the day that a new set of Tennessee state laws begin to combat sex trafficking. In our land of the free, too many women and children, have not been free at all. Trapped in the world of sex trafficking, often at a young age, they do not possess the most basic of our human rights. ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Man Charged In Traffic Death Of Tunnel Hill Woman, 28

Authorities said a Signal Mountain man was driving when his vehicle struck and killed a woman walking along a road at Ringgold, Ga., on Thursday night. Tyler Alexander Lemley, 20, was charged with DUI. Other charges are pending. Kimberly Diane Dotson, 28, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., was walking southbound on the west edge of Sam Lewis Road when she was hit. Lemley was driving ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Woman Sues Over Treatment Of Disabled Daughter At Memphis Airport Security Checkpoint

A Chattanooga woman has filed suit, alleging that her disabled daughter was roughed up by airport police and Transportation Security Administration personnel at the Memphis Airport. Shirley Cohen said she was returning to Chattanooga after taking her 19-year-old daughter to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for treatment. The lawsuit filed in Memphis says the daughter ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Whips Dalton For Top Spot In Blue

The Signal Mountain Green Giants have the upper hand in the Chattanooga Area Swim League’s highly-competitive Blue division and the clinched at least a tie for first place with Thursday’s win over Dalton, but they’ll have to wait until Tuesday before the championship celebration can officially begin. The Green Giants lost to Dalton by 15 points at Dalton in the first week of ... (click for more)

Travis Hale New Softball Coach At Soddy-Daisy

Travis Hale, who spent one year under Wes Skiles being groomed for the job, has been named the new softball coach at Soddy-Daisy High School. Hale, who previously was an assistant coach at Hixson and head coach at Loftis Middle School, was groomed for the job last season working under coach Wes Skiles, who has stepped down after four seasons. “I focused on paying ... (click for more)