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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, overlooking Washington D.C.

“Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”

24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year, a soldier is guarding this tomb. Over and over again, he:

  • Marches 21 steps south down the black mat laid across the Tomb
  • Turns and faces east, toward the Tomb, for 21 seconds
  • Turns and faces north, changes weapon to outside shoulder, and waits 21 seconds
  • Marches 21 steps down the mat
  • Turns and faces east for 21 seconds
  • Turns and faces south, changes weapon to outside shoulder, and waits 21 seconds
  • Repeats the routine until he is relieved of duty at the Changing of the Guard

The number 21 symbolizes the highest military honor that can be bestowed–the 21-gun salute. It’s an incredible sight that every American should see at least once in their lifetime.

The above was shot on March 27, 2014.

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