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The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns: A Photo Essay

Today, Memorial Day, I’d like to take a moment to honor the Old Guard, those who protect the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. The changing of the guard ceremony, while quite simple, is one of the most moving displays I have witnessed in my travels. I commemorate it here with a photo essay of the change.

The Old Guard keeping watch

The Old Guard keeping watch

One foot in front of the other

One foot in front of the other

Clicking the heels together on the turn

Clicking the heels together on the turn

A well-worn path

A well-worn path

The changing of the guard happens in front of the amphitheater

The changing of the guard happens in front of the amphitheater

The columns atop the amphitheater

The columns atop the amphitheater

The sergeant appears from the amphitheater

The sergeant appears from the amphitheater

The replacement guard follows

The replacement guard follows

The sergeant addresses the visitors

The sergeant addresses the visitors

The sergeant and the current guard walking

The sergeant and the current guard walking

The sergeant inspects the replacement guard's weapon

The sergeant inspects the replacement guard’s weapon

The current guard continues his march

The current guard continues his march

The sergeant and the replacement approach the Tomb of the Unknowns

The sergeant and the replacement approach the Tomb of the Unknowns

The exchange begins

The exchange begins

The relieved guard stands at attention

The relieved guard stands at attention

The soldiers salute the Tomb of the Unknowns

The soldiers salute the Tomb of the Unknowns

The new guard steps forward

The new guard steps forward

The march begins for the new guard

The march begins for the new guard

The new guard will march for an hour before being relieved

The new guard will march for an hour before being relieved

A soldier keeps watch

A soldier keeps watch

The Tomb of the Unknowns

The Tomb of the Unknowns

Thank you, on this day and everyday, to the men and women in uniform, both past and present!

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2 Comments on “The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns: A Photo Essay”

  1. agnesstramp May 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    That’s an impressive view. I like their uniforms. Blue suits them :).

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