Changing of the Guard

I visited the Arlington National Cemetery just outside of Washington, D.C., yesterday. Wow! I have been trying to find words to adequately convey my feelings while there and afterwards. My words and pictures will not do justice to the solemnity and vastness of the cemetery grounds, nor to the incredible sacrifice the individuals who are buried there gave to keep this country free.

Our country is so blessed to have men and women who are willing to give the full measure of service to the United States of America. We own them so much, the least we can do is give them our full measure of respect and gratitude.

On my way to the Tomb of the Unknowns I walked along paths that were surrounded by over 400,000 heros. I wanted to witness the Changing of the Guard. Incredible. These few pictures attempt to record the solemnity, the perfection, and the dedication of the members of the Sentinels who are members of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment.

At the appointed time, the Sergeant posts in front of the crowd that had gathered to witness this ceremony. He briefly described what was about to happen and then “ordered” (he really didn’t, but from his voice you knew you must) all present to stand. We did! While the Sergeant inspects the oncoming guard, the soldier on duty continues to guard the tomb. Once the inspection is complete, the guard is changed and the Sergeant and relieved soldier depart.

It was a beautiful day, filled with great emotion. I have great respect for those who served and for those who are serving – wherever they may be stationed. May God Bless each and everyone of them and their families. We, as a country, owe so much to these great Americans.

God Bless you,

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