It is truly an honor to be guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns in the memory of those who have sacrificed their lives so that we could sleep peacefully in our comfortable beds at night.
However, what happened recently was a clear indicator of how some of us take everything and everyone for granted and have zero gratitude or respect for our soldiers that have died at the warfront.
A guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns was left shell-shocked at the lewdness of a man standing among the crowd when the latter started laughing in the middle of it all. The Tomb of the unknowns is naturally visited by people who come here to reflect on the lives of the dead in silence. And yet there was this insolent man who burst out laughing without showing the least bit of respect for the monument.
However, being a respectable member of the military services, the soldier was not going to tolerate such contempt and decided to take instant action to set the man straight. What is most intriguing is that the soldier did not react in enragement at what had happened! He simply called out to the people just to ask them to show some respect for the martyrs just like he was doing. While some people might have found his tone intimidating and felt that he was shouting at them, the others believed that it was a perfectly normal request. Those among the crowd that were aware of how military people operate and use a loud tone to spell out the orders loud and clear found nothing wrong with the soldier guard’s response.
Irrespective of what the tourists visiting the Tomb of the unknowns might have deduced from the soldier’s response of calling out to the ones who were busy talking and joking around in the middle of the silence, the guard made a decision and made it clear that even the dead commanded basic respect.
He didn’t do it to intimidate the spectators. He just expected them to show some respect to the monument that they were standing around. He first laid an example for the visitors by remaining silent himself and only then expected the others to follow.