What's the history of the 21 GUN SALUTE?

As far as I know, it's seven gunners, three shots, right? What is the significance of these numbers?

Update:

Yes, Alpha, I could. But then you'd have two less points, wouldn't ya?

Update 2:

Thanks, Kheelan. I had, indeed, confused the two. It was the three shot volley that I was curious about.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The 3-volley salute is a ceremonial act performed at military and police funerals as part of the drill and ceremony of the Honor Guard. It consists of a rifle party firing blank cartridges into the air three times. The custom originates from the European dynastic wars, where the fighting ceased for the dead and wounded to be removed, then three shots were fired into the air to signal that the battle could resume. The three-volley salute is not to be confused with the 21-gun salute (or 19-gun or 17-gun, etc) which uses a battery of artillery pieces.

    For the United States as other countries may differ:

    A myth common in the United States of America relative to the origin of this tradition is that the year 1776 inspired the 21-gun salute because the sum of the digits in 1776 is 21 (i.e., 1+7+7+6 = 21). This, however is not true. Beginning in the colonial period, the United States fired one shot for each state in the Union as its national salute. This practice was partly a result of usage, because John Paul Jones saluted France with 13 guns at Quiberon Bay in 1778 when the Stars and Stripes received its first salute. The practice was not officially authorized until 1810, when the United States Department of War declared the number of rounds fired in the 'National Salute' to be equivalent to the number of states -- which, at the time was 17. The tradition continued until 1841 when it was reduced from 26 to 21.

    The USS Constitution renders a 21-gun salute to Fort Independence during her Independence Day turnaround cruise.

    In 1842, the United States declared the 21-gun salute as its 'Presidential Salute.' While the 'National Salute' had been formally established as the 21-gun salute, the current tradition holds the salute on Independence Day to be a 50 rounds -- one round for each state in the union. This 'Salute to the Nation' is fired at noon on July 4, on U.S. military installations, while the U.S. Navy full-dresses ships and fires 21 guns at noon on July 4, as well as on Presidents' Day.

    On Memorial Day, batteries on military installations fire a 21-gun salute to the nation's fallen. As well, batteries at Naval stations and on ships, fire a salute of 21-minute guns and display the ensign at half-mast from 8 a.m. until completion of the salute.

    Today, a 21-gun salute is rendered on the arrival and departure of the President of the United States; it is fired in concordance with four ruffles and flourishes, which are immediately followed by Hail to the Chief -- the actual gun salute begins with the first ruffle and flourish, and 'run long' (i.e. the salute concludes after Hail to the Chief has ended). A 21-gun salute is also rendered to former U.S. Presidents, foreign Heads of State (or members of a reigning royal family), as well as to Presidents-elect. In such a ceremony, the national anthem of the visiting dignitary's country is played, following the salute.

    Each round in a gun salute is fired one at a time. The number of cannon used in a battery depends upon the intervals between each round fired. For example, a 3-gun battery has 2 of its guns firing, each at 5 second intervals between rounds, with 1 gun at the ready in case of a misfire; such a battery would be used at an Armed Forces Full Honors Funeral, or for State Arrival Ceremony of a foreign dignitary at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. A 4-gun battery has its first 3 guns firing rounds at 3 second intervals, with the 4th gun (again) at the ready in case of misfire.

    The U.S. Army Honor Guard Standard Operating Procedure for Gun salutes provides a 2-man gun crew (one loader, one gunner) for each cannon, as well as a 5-man 'staff' of soldiers to give the fire commands. The staff includes an Officer in Charge, a watchman (who marks the intervals and signals each gun to fire), an assistant watchman (as a backup), a counter (who keeps track of the number of rounds fired and signals the last round to the Officer in Charge), and a Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (who marches the battery into place as well as signals the backup cannon to fire in case another gun misfires).

    Naval vessels now have saluting guns installed which are used solely for such purpose. The traditional timing chant, "If I wasn't a sailor, I wouldn't be here. Fire #1," etc., has been replaced by stopwatch.

    19-gun salutes are reserved for deputy heads of state, chiefs of staff, cabinet members, and 5-star generals. For each flag rank junior to a five-star officer, two guns are subtracted. (e.g., for a four-star admiral, a 17-gun salute is prescribed; a three-star general would rate a 15-gun salute, a two-star, 13-guns and a one-star, 11 guns.)

    Source(s): Former Member of the Old Guard
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  • 3 years ago

    The custom of rendering a salute by capacity of cannon originated interior the 14th century as firearms and cannons got here into use. on condition that those early contraptions contained in simple terms one projectile, discharging them as quickly as rendered them ineffective. initially warships fired seven-gun salutes--the selection seven probable chosen by way of fact of its astrological and Biblical value. Seven planets have been pointed out and the stages of the moon replaced each and every seven days. The Bible states that God rested on the 7th day after introduction, that each and every 7th twelve months grew to become into sabbatical and that the seven cases 7th twelve months ushered interior the Jubilee twelve months. Land batteries, having a miles better supply of gunpowder, have been waiting to hearth 3 weapons for each shot fired afloat, hence the salute by capacity of shore batteries grew to become into 21 weapons. The multiple of three probable grew to become into chosen by way of mystical value of the selection 3 in many historic civilizations. Early gunpowder, composed specially of sodium nitrate, spoiled rather at sea, yet would desire to be stored cooler and drier in land magazines. while potassium nitrate stronger the widespread of gunpowder, ships at sea accompanied the salute of 21 weapons. The 21-gun salute grew to become the optimal honor a rustic rendered. various customs between the maritime powers brought about confusion in saluting and return of salutes. great Britain, the worldwide's preeminent seapower interior the 18th and nineteenth centuries, compelled weaker countries to salute first, and for a time monarchies gained greater weapons than did republics. finally, by capacity of contract, the worldwide salute grew to become into popular at 21 weapons, even nevertheless u.s. did not agree in this technique till August 1875.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, 7x3= 21, soooo....yeah...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    come on man, u can easily google that shyt

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    All i know is its in ACDC, aint that all that matters?

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