Nothing Stops the Honor Guard

Saturday brought the first snowfall of the year to Virginia which also meant the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier saw it’s first snow of the season. A little bit of weather makes you appreciate the changing of the guard a little bit more.
The Tomb Guard marches 21 steps down the black mat behind the Tomb, turns, faces east for 21 seconds, turns and faces north for 21 seconds, then takes 21 steps down the mat and repeats the process. After the turn, the sentinel executes a sharp “shoulder-arms” movement to place the weapon on the shoulder closest to the visitors to signify that the sentinel stands between the Tomb and any possible threat. Twenty-one was chosen because it symbolizes the highest military honor that can be bestowed — the 21-gun salute.”

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