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Swiss GuardsBy Anthony Parente
There are many unique features about the Swiss Guards. The two most important are their uniforms and their weapon. The main weapon of the Swiss Guards is the halberd. A halberd is a weapon that looks like an axe with a spear at the top and it sits on a long pole. The other distinctive feature is their uniform. Over the years the uniform has undergone only slight modifications. The uniform dates back to the mid 16th century. The uniform consists of yellow, red, and blue stripes and the helmet has a red plume at the top. What makes the uniform even more important is that it that legend states is was created by Michelangelo. Unfortunately there is no proof to confirm this legend. Today there are roughly a little over 100 members of the Swiss Guards. If you feel this would be a great unit to be a part of then you better make sure you have these following requirements to join them:
The next time you are in Rome and you happen to see the Swiss Guards at the Vatican you can appreciate the work and dedication they put forth in protecting the Pontiff and the Vatican.
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