changing of the honor guards at the Martyr's Shrine happens
at the beginning of each hour during the day. Many children
watching the guards often try to imitate their neat and grand
footsteps. After several visits and interviews, we actually
found out that there are many rules and different patterns
in footsteps, hand gestures and signaling for each military
type. Here are some of the interviews with these soldiers
in which they tell us about these interesting rules.
1.Air Force military
procession ensign squad leader Sergeant Yo Guo-Song
Squad Leader Yo Guo-Song
Guard next to the honor guard
in the guardroom
Leading honor guard
Yo says that the ensign bearer has to stand in front of the
whole military procession as a leader to perform when welcoming
honorable guests from other countries or during important ceremonies.
However, an ensign bearer is usually not necessary in the guard
mounting process. A military procession usually takes up two
hours. As the major representative of all military forces, the
ensign bearer has to be well in shape and have high endurance.
They are usually well-trained in keeping their arms steady when
holding the flag and maintaining a good posture along the way.
According to Yo, an ensign bearer needs to have a height between
189 and 193 cm. The soldier holding the national flag needs
to be over 193cm tall. Ensign bearers have to have normal body
weight with good physique and a clean-cut look.
2.Air Force ceremonial guard Corporal
Lu explains that honor guards take slower strides to express
the solemn spirit. The slow motion also allows time for all
the guards to align their hand gestures and footsteps with each
Lu also describes the responsibilities of the plainclothes guards.
During the changing of the ceremonial guards, the plainclothes
guards in white shirts stand between the ceremonial guards and
the visitors. They make sure that the visitors are standing
in the appropriate area while watching and they remind the visitors
to remain quiet in the main hall. After the ceremonial guards
are in position, the plainclothes guards may need to wipe off
sweat on the guard's face or adjust the gun tassel. The ceremonial
guards take turn being the plainclothes guards.
3.Air Force guard Private 1st
class Ou Hsin-Liang
Ou is not a ceremonial guard. He stays in the guardroom in the
entrance building, sometimes overnight, keeping watch of the
flow of cars and visitors coming in and out of the Martyrs'
Shrine. Ou is also responsible for taking care of any issues
first hand. There was a time when we went to the Martyrs' Shrine
for many hours to shoot films and take pictures. A guard came
over to us to make sure that we were not up to something bad.
Since then, we would always notify the guardroom before we go
about our business in the Martrys' Shrine.
4.Navy Leading honor guard Soong,
Soong is very tall and good-looking; he is the leading honor
guard. We asked for his permission first before we took pictures
of him for making bookmarks. Then we asked him to talk about
the positioning of the honor guards. Soong says that there are
four guards in all, with two standing underneath the entrance
building, two in front of the main building. The leading honor
guard does not have to be a watch guard. After the changing
of the guards, Soong then becomes the plainclothes guard for
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