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Tomb of the KNOWN Soldier

I am going to go out on a limb and say just about everyone has heard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

We visited Washington DC this time last year. The absolute highlight of the trip was visiting Arlington National Cemetery and to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You’ve heard over and over about people dying for our freedom, right?

Changing of the guard

Nothing is a bigger exclamation point on that FACT then visiting a place like this. The grounds alone have such historical significance but that is overshadowed by this resting place for those people, my people, that have given their life so that we can sit where we are right now…

So we know about the Tomb of the UNKNOWN Soldier but did you know about the Tomb of the KNOWN Soldier? I didn’t either and I visited the town many many times…

Here is what I found out about this place of immeasurable honor: (Thank you Wiki) …

“The Tomb of the Known Soldier is a grave site in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome, Georgia, United States, dedicated to a soldier killed in World War I, Private Charles Graves.

Charles Graves enlisted in the United States Army on August 16, 1917; he was eighteen years old at the time. He was eventually shipped to Neuroy, France, a place he knew nothing about. On October 5, 1918 (fourteen months after his Army service began), Graves was killed by German artillery shrapnel on the Hindenburg Line. Soon after, he received full military honors and a military burial in France.

Charles’ mother received the telegram from the War Department that her son was killed in the war. After waiting four long years, she finally claimed her son’s body when it arrived on a troopship called the Cambria on March 29, 1922. The U.S. Government had the idea of creating the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and of a “Known Soldier” in Arlington National Cemetery to honor World War I soldiers. Graves was chosen for “America’s Known Soldier” by a blindfolded sailor who picked Graves’ name from an American soldier remains list, but his mother objected to his burial at Arlington. The War Department wanted to give his body, in its flag-draped coffin, a parade on Fifth Avenue in New York with generals, admirals, and politicians before his mother buried Graves in the cemetery near Antioch Church on April 6, 1922.

Graves, a fallen soldier, failed to remain in the cemetery for a long period of time; many local citizens decided that he should be buried in a place of honor. As a result, on September 22, 1923, his body was exhumed from Antioch Cemetery and relocated to Myrtle Hill Cemetery as America’s Known Soldier after his mother’s death and his brother’s agreement. Graves was buried a third and final time. On November 11, 1923, Armistice Day, Charles and the other 33 young men from Floyd County who died in World War I were honored with three Maxim guns and 34 magnolia trees.

Today, Graves’ final resting place is known as the Tomb of the Known Soldier. To many, the memorial site is a place of remembrance, a place that is meant to pay respect to all of the known fallen soldiers of every war.”

Here are a few more photos I took…there is alot more to this particular cemetery so watch for another post about it soon….these are military graves just like at Arlington…

Millennial Entitlement Spans Cultures

Do you ever wonder if other cultures experience the millennial entitlement thinking that we experience here in the US? I just got a glimpse into the Vietnamese culture at my nail salon and it was eye opening. I have to say I was even relieved to find out it’s not just happening here. But the most amazing thing was these amazing hardworking people that I entrust to pick my toes and make my fingers look pretty have adopted American thinking.

Here is a bit of back story for me and nail salons. I think I am like most people in that I am a very loyal shopper, until I am not. Meaning in this case, I have been to MANY nail salons in my area. In the last 6 months I changed to this salon from another that was getting unorganized, rude and shady. This salon is bright, very clean and has very personable staff. It is run by a young couple in their late 20’s. I am in awe of their work ethic. Tonight, I witnessed how they all come together to clean up and refill all the various gels, lotions and implements at the end of the day.

My nail tech lady who happens to be the boss, tells me she is a bit frustrated with a new employee and that while she was working on me her husband was going to run a meeting with everyone. One of the things I was told was this person was dirty and unorganized. When the boss lady pointed out that she was using too much lotion the girl (who is 25 mind you) totally disregarded the constructive criticism, so much so the customer slipped and fell because of the sloppy techniques. The girl also has some seriously messed up personal hygiene issues regarding “that time of the month” and other employees were complaining.

My lady told me that before the 25-year-old came here to work with her husband this girl’s mother would not only bring her breakfast and lunch everyday but also clean up after her in every regard. Now this strikes a chord with me because I see this with some of the millennial brats who just don’t have enough people skills these days. This 25-year-old also came from Southern Vietnam who speaks soft and sweetly where conversely my nail lady is from central Vietnam who comes from a very direct speaking culture. If I liken this to our culture in America in general people in the South speak with a sweet accent and have mild demeanors where in general people in the north not only speak loudly but are very direct as well.

Of course, I do not speak a word of Vietnamese, but I sure can read body language. I was able to figure out who the 25-year-old was by the way she acted, I knew she was new to the shop and I noticed that she acted very immature; bounced around like a 12-year-old. So, I am watching this meeting go down and my lady is chiming in and then suddenly, she gets up and is talking fast while walking over to the meeting area; has her say and comes back. Now everyone is taking their turn at speaking meanwhile the 25-year-old is giggling and fidgeting she bounces over to her station gets her purse and is just unconcerned with the fact that because of her actions and inactions, she could lose customers for the shop. She said that she didn’t like for people to yell at her and that she was afraid of Vietnamese that live in America, wait what?!

Afraid of Vietnamese in America! I am stunned to hear this. Her reasoning is Vietnamese in America are allowed to speak their minds because of all the freedoms here. Now this made me very proud and even more so when my lady says that’s why they work so hard and have so many rules in her shop. She wants everyone to be successful and make money. The shop is there for them to provide the best service and they take pride in passing all their inspections with flying colors and she will not allow anyone to jeopardize that. If this girl wants to continue to work, she needs to follow the rules so that she doesn’t put anyone (client or coworker) in danger.

I have often been astounded at young people that seem to not understand that there are consequences to their actions and that there are rules for a reason.