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Changing of the Guard Ceremony
Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA | October 31st, 2009
Nikon D90


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The relief commander conducts a detailed white-glove inspection of the weapon, checking each part of the rifle once. Then, the relief commander and the relieving sentinel meet the retiring sentinel at the center of the matted path in front of the Tomb. All three salute the Unknowns who have been symbolically given the Medal of Honor. Then the relief commander orders the relieved sentinel, "Pass on your orders." The current sentinel commands, "Post and orders, remain as directed." The newly posted sentinel replies, "Orders acknowledged," and steps into position on the black mat. When the relief commander passes by, the new sentinel begins walking at a cadence of 90 steps per minute.



2009 Kristina Truluck
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Page-Mistress Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
I saw this at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Photographer
It's an amazing experience, isn't it?
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
These..ARE THE FEW...no boasting bout being tall..."NEVER LEAVE THERE POST....NEVER WILL..... VALOR
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AzRaIL922 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Are these humans?
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   Photographer
Nope, aliens. 
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GriffleStorm Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student General Artist
These two look scarily alike
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tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   Photographer
The Old Guard is super picky about how their Honor Guard looks, so I wouldn't be surprised.  xD
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Shadowed-DarkNinja Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always loved watching the changing of the guard! I will never forget the time I went there as part of a class trip in the 8th grade and saw the changing of the guard. Right in the middle of the inspection, two large (i believe) military choppers flew over head as they did it. It was the coolest thing I've ever seen :3 so happy I'm going back this fall!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Photographer

That is a kickass coincidence!

I love going there, but hate battling DC traffic.  Dx

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Shadowed-DarkNinja Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ikr? I was just so engrossed in it even more! XD
And ya, my bus was late sometimes thanks to it ewe
I hated it when I got really sick though x(
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Priceless.
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snapshots-lights Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing picture... Like it very much. Just one question : is the Arlington National Cemetery "free-entrance" ? I want really one day go to.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! And yes, it's free for anyone to go in and visit. =D
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snapshots-lights Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I found all infos here : www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/
I think next year i will go :)
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Photographer
Awesome! Maybe I can visit the same time as you do so we can meet up.
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snapshots-lights Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It would be a honor and a big pleasure, really...
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Photographer
Awesome! Can't wait to see you. =D
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just saw this the other day it was cool
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Photographer
It is. I can't wait to go back and document it some more.
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
please do
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DocMallard Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Great capture!

-Doc
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Photographer
Thanks!
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helopilotoh58 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I've never seen this before. I really need to go up and watch it. Visit Arlington, go see my uncle's name on the Vietnam Memorial. Should take my kids.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Photographer
You should, it's definitely worth it!
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helopilotoh58 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I needs capital. Time to work the street corner...*hooker heels-check. Bandana as a skirt-check. Shirt sleeve as a top-check. Think I'm good to go.....brb.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Photographer
Hahahaha. Don't forget the glitter and clown makeup!
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helopilotoh58 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
WILCO! :D
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Blodsravn Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
My husbond was in HMKG (His Majesty's King’s Guard) for many years! (Norway!)
The changing of the guards is defenely worth seeing!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Photographer
I agree. It's an interesting and solemn experience, especially since this is done in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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Blodsravn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
l have never been in the U.S. , but l belive you!
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DekeNicki Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Love this!! One of my favorite memories as a kid was watching the changing of the guard at Arlington. Too bad I'm too short as a female to join the Old Guard now :C Great photo!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Photographer
Thanks!
They're not offering waivers any more? I was hoping to join caisson platoon sometime during this contract. Dx
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DekeNicki Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I don't know. I was told females had to be 5'8" and I'm 5'6". They were pretty strict about it, but we were only asked in Basic if we wanted to volunteer for it. I'm stationed in Italy now, and I'll be here until almost 2015, so I'm not bothering to look into anything until I'm getting ready to move to a new station. Things change so much in the Army that there's no bother looking ahead more than a year or so!
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Photographer
Damn. It's been a while since I've asked around about it. Lucky you! I bet it's beautiful over there.
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DekeNicki Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Oh, it's wonderful!! Unfortunately I'm stuck in a nondeployable company, but the sightseeing is amazing! And of course bragging rights to living in Italy for three years!

I know the Army's been cracking down on almost all waivers, so I would just sit tight until all the 'cleaning house' maneuvers are done and I'm sure waivers can be opened again.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Photographer
Haha, I bet! I'd love to get stationed there, but it can get pretty difficult for my MOS- we get sent to Germany more often than not. I hope you get a ton of photos while you're there!

Dang. I've been out of the loop of the world for about a year. Looks like there'll be a ton of catching up to do.
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Oct 31, 2009, 6:43:01 AM
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