It is the most traditional of ceremonies at one of the nation's most hallowed shrines. On the broad green plain high above the Hudson River, where Baron von Steuben drilled minutemen 200 years ago, thousands of proud parents and nostalgic graduates will assemble this week to watch the corps of cadets pass in review: 4,400 young men in swallow-tailed gray coats, white trousers and black shakos stepping out with crisp precision while their brilliant regimental flags snap in the breeze.

As always, the Long Gray Line will provide a magnificent and stirring...

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