November 11, 2010

The Tomb Sentinel


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I decided to post a second image today, in honor of Veterans Day.

My recent visit to Washington DC afforded me a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Along with a hundred or so tourists, I watched in complete silence, the changing of the guard and wreath changing ceremonies. Although they do allow photography, I was afraid to break the silence with with the click of my shutter.

After the crowd cleared, I set up my gear at the base of the steps and watched the guard perform his solemn duty: 21 steps; turn 90 degrees, pause 21 seconds; turn 90 degrees, pause 21 seconds; Shoulder Arms; repeat.

I wanted a to capture an image of The Tomb of the Unknown that highlights the dedication of the special soldiers who protect the dignity and honor the service of our unknown fallen. I hope I was successful.

Thank and honor a Veteran today.

Visit the Society of the Honor Guard Tomb of the Unknown Soldier‘s site for more information.

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