21 Gun Salute

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The 21 Gun Salute: The tradition of rendering a salute by cannon originated in the 14th century as firearms and cannons came into use. In the early years of firing, the single shot limitation of weapons mandated that those receiving the highest honor received the largest number of shots. Eventually, the confusion around the varying customs among the maritime powers lead to the international agreement to established the 21 guns salute as the highest honor.

21 Gun Salute - US Navy

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