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Guard mounting

Guard mounting, or changing the guard, is a formal ceremony in which providing ceremonial guard duties at important institutions are relieved by a new batch of sentries. The ceremonies are often elaborate and precisely choreographed. They originated with peacetime and battlefield military drills introduced to enhance unit cohesion and effectiveness in the 17th century.

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A short video showing a Changing of the Guard ceremony outside of the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. As this video takes place in November, a very cold month in most of Russia, they are wearing their cold weather uniforms. 2 guards have been stationed at all times, in all weather, according to federal law, at the Eternal Flame of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, dedicated to Russia's unknown dead in WWII. The guards change every hour, as is common in Changing of the Guard ceremonies.

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