Sunday, March 28, 2010

Brave men


This is a member of the Presidential Guard standing in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens, Greece. The writing on the wall consists of a list of placenames where Greek soldiers have fallen in battle, as well as a quote by Ancient Greek historian Thucydides, which translates as "Every place is (worthy) burial ground for brave men".

The Presidential Guard is an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Greek Parliament and the Presidential Mansion. Its members are drawn from the Army's Infantry, Artillery and Armoured Corps. There is a minimum height requirement of 1.86 meters (6'1") to join the Guard.

9 comments:

Mo said...

Great image

VP said...

El Alamein and Rimini sound as we were the enemy!

JM said...

What a very cool composition! Well done, Tinsie!

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you very much for the details, something I did not know before; and the comments on Daily Athens, which are always a joy!

Mια υπέροχη Τρίτη.
Καληνύχτα.

Tinsie said...

@ Mo & JM: Thank you both!

@ VP: I think you may be right...

@ Ρόμπερτ: Thank you and you're welcome :-)

Steffe said...

A familiar scene. They have a funny walk these guys.

Tinsie said...

Haha! They do indeed.

Jacob said...

It would seem that many nations have a tomb to an unknown soldier, symbolizing all those who have fallen.

Very cool shot!

Tinsie said...

Thank you :-)