I'm like that sometimes. My apologies to any who may have been offended by that.
I was focused on the abuse the federal government happily churns out for our military and wasn't thinking really in terms of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is for those who have given their all, not "active and retired service members".
A thousand pardons.
As a peace offering, Here is something I know all of you will enjoy reading about at a website that you can subscribe to in order to get their daily offerings in your email. I find most of their stuff pretty darn interesting.
Then you have uniforms. The basic uniform of a Tomb Sentinel consists of
a heavy wool uniform that weighs in excess of 10 pounds on its own, an
M14 rifle outfitted with a custom stock, heavy boots with metal inserts
to assist in making that signature “click” sound everyone loves so much
and a host of smaller adornments like belts, holsters and a pair of
sunglasses to help shield a guard’s eyes from glare. It’s noted that
trainee guards will sometimes spend in excess of 10-12 hours per day just
cleaning and preparing their uniform to get it to the exacting
standards of their superiors who themselves will spend about 6-8 hours
cleaning and pressing their own uniforms, despite their extensive
experience in the task. As part of this preparation, the badges, buttons
and medals on the uniform must also be accurately placed to within
“1/64th of an inch”.
Finally - Who is buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the same resource.