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the ceremony takes place at 3:00 pm at Mount Rushmore Amphitheater unless it's raining in that case it will be in the Buffalo Dinning Hall at Mount Rushmore. The guest speaker will be Major General Casey. The commanding General for Cadet Command.
Commissioning is granting the authority by the President of the United States to the newly commissioned Second Lieutenants Officers in the United States Army either Active Duty or National Guard and Reserves. It is a very honored tradition.
The Silver Dollar Salute is also part of the ceremony.
The tradition of the silver dollar salute dates to the earliest days of the U.S. Army. This honored tradition calls for the newly commissioned Second Lieutenant to give a silver dollar to the first enlisted soldier who salutes him or her. The coin represents the symbolic receipt of respect due the newly earned rank. It signifies the deep sense of gratitude of the new officer for the knowledge that enlisted soldiers, especially NCOs, have passed on to them during training. It is an expression of respect to duty and to each other that is shared by commissioned officers and enlisted soldiers. It is acknowledgment from one professional soldier to another that welcomes the new officer into the service.
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