Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery
Washington, D.C. / Arlington, VA
October 31st, 2009
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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.
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