The guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery spend five hours each day getting their uniforms ready. Once on duty, the guard walks exactly 21 steps, turns and walks another 21 steps (similar to a 21-gun salute). Guards memorize the names of 175 notable people buried in Arlington Cemetery. When Hurricane Isabel approached, Congress adjourned and the guards were given permission to take a day off. They respectfully declined, and in drenching rain and high winds continued their watch. Oh, that soldiers of the cross would have that level of commitment.

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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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