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Arlington National Cemetery

21 Steps and wait 21 Seconds

Just a quick note. I threw a few photos from Arlington Cemetery up on Flickr today. That’s not the only place we took photos, but it’s getting late, I’ve been up since very, very early and that was about all the time I had tonight. 😉

Arlington is a great stop, and viewing the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns is truly impressive. To think that only 500 people have ever qualified to guard to tomb, in it’s history, and that the post has never been unmanned, even during a hurricane, is really something. The photo’s title above is based on the fact that during the 30 minute shift, the guard will take 21 steps, then pause for 21 seconds, before taking another 21 steps in the reverse direction. This is a symbolic representation of the 21 gun salute.

The cemetery certainly gives you some perspective on life, and on the meaning of sacrifice.

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