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What is buried beneath flagpoles on USMC bases?

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Answered 2007-12-03 14:55:19

Tradition says a pistol, a round of ammunition and matches. As it was explained to me it is supposed to symbolize that the colors will be defended to the end and that they will never be permitted to be captured. It is however, only an Urban Legend created by some Drill Instructor to instill patriotism in the "boots" he was training.

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