• John B Whalen Jr Esq •

Category: Philadelphia Ps – Grave Sites

The Unknown Soldier

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Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God

The Unknown Soldier – Bio

The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier
July 2, 1937 – Present
Arlington National Cemetery

The Unknown Soldier – Note

Known as “Walking The Mat,” there is a meticulous ritual the guard follows when watching over the graves:

The soldier walks 21 steps across the Tomb. This alludes to the 21-gun salute, which is the highest honor given to any military or foreign dignitary in America. His weapon is always on the shoulder opposite the Tomb (i.e., on the side of the gallery watching the ritual).

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On the 21st step, the soldier turns and faces the Tomb for 21 seconds.

The soldier then turns to face the other way across the Tomb and changes his weapon to the outside shoulder.

After 21 seconds, the first step is repeated.

This is repeated until the soldier is relieved of duty at the Changing of the Guard.

The Unknown Soldier – Dedication

The Tomb Guards, a special platoon within the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) work on a team rotation of 24 hours on, 24 hours off, for five days, taking the following four days off.

A guard takes an average of six hours to prepare his uniform – heavy wool, regardless of the time of year – for the next day’s work.

In addition to preparing the uniform, guards also complete physical training, Tomb Guard training, cut their hair before the next work day, and shave twice per day.

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Tomb Guards are required to memorize 16 pages of information about Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, including the locations of nearly 300 graves and who is buried in each one.

The Tomb of the Unknowns has been guarded continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, since July 2, 1937.

Inclement weather does not cause the watch to cease.

And Away We Go

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and away we go

Grave Sites – Jackie Gleason – Bio

Jackie Gleason
Born February 26, 1916 – Died June 24, 1987
American Comedian, Actor, Musician

Grave Sites – Jackie Gleason – Note

Jackie Gleason is buried in Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery in Miami, Florida.

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Despite its size, Jackie Gleason’s tomb is surprisingly anonymous. His name is inscribed on his sarcophagus lid, but you have to walk up into the tomb to see it.

From the outside, the only inscription is the four words that were Gleason’s signature parting line, “And away we go.”

Grave Sites – Jackie Gleason – Brooklyn

Jackie Gleason was born in Brooklyn, New York.

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In one of the many tributes that the world has extolled upon him is a sign that welcomes you to Brooklyn.

… how sweet he was …

“That’s All Folks!”

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“That’s All Folks!”

Grave Sites – Mel Blanc – Bio

Mel Blanc
Born May 30, 1908 – Died July 10, 1989
American Voice Actor, Comedian

Grave Sites – Mel Blanc – Note

Having earned the nickname “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” Blanc is regarded as one of the most influential people in the voice-acting industry.

Grave Sites – Mel Blanc – Grave

Blanc died on July 10, 1989 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California of heart disease and emphysema.

He was interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California. Blanc’s will stated his desire to have the inscription on his gravestone read, “THAT’S ALL FOLKS.”

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Blanc is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. during the “Golden Age of American animation” (and later for Hanna-Barbera television productions) as the voice of such well-known characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote, Woody Woodpecker, Barney Rubble, Mr. Spacely, Speed Buggy, Captain Caveman, Heathcliff, Speedy Gonzales, and hundreds of others.

Grave Sites – Frank Sinatra

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“The Best Is Yet To Come”

Grave Sites – Frank Sinatra – Bio

Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra
Born December 12, 1915 – Died May 14, 1998
American Singer and Actor

Grave Sites – Frank Sinatra – Grave Site

Sinatra began to show signs of dementia in his last years and after a heart attack in February 1997, he made no further public appearances. After suffering another heart attack, he died at 10:50 pm on May 14, 1998 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, with his wife Barbara by his side. He was 82 years old.

The next night the lights on the Las Vegas Strip were dimmed for 10 minutes in his honor.

President Bill Clinton, as an amateur saxophonist and musician, led the world’s tributes to Sinatra, saying that after meeting and getting to know the singer as President, he had “come to appreciate on a personal level what millions of people had appreciated from afar.”

Elton John stated that Sinatra, “was simply the best – no one else even comes close.”

Grave Sites – Frank Sinatra – Rat Pack

The Rat Pack was a group of actors originally centered on Humphrey Bogart.

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In the mid-1960s it was the name used by the press and the general public to refer to a later variation of the group, after Bogart’s death, that called itself “the summit” or “the clan,” featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and finally, Joey Bishop, who appeared together on stage and in films in the early-1960s, including the movie Ocean’s 11.

Sinatra, Martin and Davis were regarded as the group’s lead members.