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West Point's Parade Ground
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The Parade Ground of West Point stretches across acres of land between the dormitory building and the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River. At random times every day the cadet corp makes surprise marches out of the inner courtyard around the Parade Ground and back into the courtyard. Each time it's a surprise to visitors to the Point.

Standing majestically over the Parade Grounds is an equestrian statue to America's greatest general and first President, George Washington. The statue of Washington oversees all the important events of the Point, including cadet corp induction and graduation.

To Washington's left, at the edge of the Parade Grounds is a statue of General McArthur, and to his right at the other end of the Parade Grounds is a statue of General Eisenhower. Across the lawn are bleachers where family members and the public can watch the ceremonies that mark the lives of the cadets.

Surprisingly, West Point is completely open to the public to visit. You can drive onto the grounds, park your car and wander the Point. Certain areas are restricted and you will see signs indicating where you should not go. But feel free to wander around, visit the sites and take in a surprise march of the cadet corp.

 
 
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