Honored Glory by Rod Chase
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is one of Arlington Cemetery's most popular sites. The Memorial Amphitheater has been the scene of funerals of some prominent Americans as well as the site of the Memorial Day and Veterans Day celebrations.
The remains of unknown American soldiers from World Wars I and II and the Korean conflict are contained in the Tomb. It is perpetually guarded by members of the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard). Since 1937, the Tomb has been guarded 365 days a year, every minute of the day and night. The guards never wear their rank on their uniforms, as they do not want to outrank the unknown soldiers, whatever their rank may have been.
The bodies of many soldiers killed in World War I could not be identified. To honor them, the remains of one were brought to the United States Capitol to lie in state. On Armistice Day, 1921, the remains were ceremoniously buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The Tomb bears the inscription: Here Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known But to God
Congress later directed that an "unknown American" from subsequent wars, World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Viet Nam War, be similarly honored. With the development of DNA technology, the Unknown Soldier from the Viet Nam War was exhumed and identified. There may never be another unknown soldier.
The changing of the guard ceremony is conducted every hour in winter and every half-hour in summer. All walks are two hours in duration after the cemetery is closed. As the active sentry nears the end of his walk, a uniformed relief commander enters the plaza to announce the changing of the guard. When the sentinel assigned the next walk leaves the Guard Quarters, he unlocks his M14 rifle to signify he is ready to begin the ceremony. The relief commander slowly approaches the Tomb, salutes, faces the visitors, and requests silence during the ceremony. As the new sentinel approaches, the relief commander slowly, and with great precision, conducts a white-glove inspection of the sentinel's weapon. The two men then march to the center of the black mat where the duty sentinel stops his walk. All three men salute the Tomb. The Tomb sentinels salute with their rifles held in front of them. "Pass on your orders," the commander instructs the active sentinel. "Post and orders, remain as directed," he replies. "Orders acknowledged," answers the relieving sentinel, who then steps into position at the center of the mat. As soon as the relief sentinel and relief commander pass, the new sentinel begins his walk: 21 paces south, turn and pass for 21 seconds, turn and pass 21 steps south, repeating the actions without distraction until relieved by the next changing of the guard.
A small building, known as "the box," is next to the Tomb. During the wreath-laying ceremonies, it is a retreat for the sentinel while flowers and taps are presented. The building also has a telephone with a direct line to the Tomb Guard Quarters for emergencies or to relay information to the next shift. DF
About The Artist
As one of today’s finest and most recognized photorealist painters, Rod Chase has earned the highest respect of his peers and the admiration of legions of collectors. Each painting from the artist’s easel is a masterpiece created from extensive research and numerous photographs of each of his subjects. This technique, along with the aid of historical photographs, results in a timeless quality in each of Chase’s works.
In his quest for mystique, accuracy, and a true sense of history, Chase does extensive research. His travels have led him from New York and Washington, D.C. to Colorado and California and finally to Italy in a never-ending search to obtain materials and photography for new paintings. The talented artist says, "Being a photorealist, I am dependent on finding accurate reference material for each painting.” Chase works with acrylics on canvas, spending hundreds of hours on each painting with the ultimate goal of presenting a fresh, unique, and elegant approach to familiar subjects. The detail in each painting is remarkable, but the mood each is equally impressive.
Chase is acknowledged as a master of breathtaking scenes depicting our country’s natural and historical treasures. He has painted images of such famous landmarks as The White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court building to name a few. As a naturalized citizen, he felt honored as well as professionally challenged to paint these subjects.
Chase also paints magnificent foreign landscapes. His travels in Italy inspired him to paint St. Peter’s Basilica and the romantic canals of Venice. The artist’s outstanding talent in his use of light is evident in "The Glory of San Pietro” and "The Mists of Morning.” Without traveling to these world-famous locales, the viewer is able to feel as if the scene is unfolding before them in person.
Rising early to photograph the dramatic light of sunrise or awaiting the soft, moody glow of sunset, Chase captures the emotion and direction in which he will paint his subject. The artist will continue to create elegant, awe-inspiring scenes by combining antique and modern photographs with just the right touch of artistic license.
Rod Chase is represented by Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio, Texas. He is published exclusively by Somerset Fine Art.
Chase, a native of Canada, and his wife live with their five children in the Texas Hill Country. In 1999, he became a United States citizen.