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When did the ‘21 Gun Salute’ originate? See page _ for the answer.


The 21 Gun Salute honoring a country and high ranking military leaders, goes back to the 14th century, when firearms and cannons came into use. It was fired in three volleys of seven guns. In the United States, the number varied for some time. In 1810, the “national salute” was defined by the War Department as equal to the number of states in the Union – 17 at that time. But in 1875, the U.S. finally adopted the international standard – the 21 Gun Salute.