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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.
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.