What is the significance of the 21 in a "Twenty-one Gun Salute"?

Hukaatir 2011/07/11 19:58:33
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  • ~TheDreamer~ 2011/07/11 23:53:29

    This question reminds me of that one song 21 guns by green day....is this what that song is about?!
  • Evil 1 2011/07/11 20:35:25
    Evil 1
    Here is a link to the US Army Center of Military History. It will explain correctly, factually and in depth the orgin and signifance of the 21 gun salute.

  • LOCO HOT COCO 2011/07/11 20:32:28
  • FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX 2011/07/11 20:10:19
    Salute by gunfire is an ancient ceremony. The British for years compelled weaker nations to render the first salute; but in time, international practice compelled "gun for gun" on the principle of equality of nations. In the earliest days, seven guns was the recognized British national salute due to seven being the standard number of weapons on a vessel. In that day, gunpowder made from sodium nitrate was coveted while at sea. Thus those early regulations stated that although a ship would fire only seven guns, the forts ashore would salute by firing three shots to each one shot afloat, hence the number 21.

    A myth common in the United States is that the year 1776 inspired the 21-gun salute due to the sum of the digits in 1776 being 21 (i.e., 1+7+7+6 = 21). However, this 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, when John Paul Jones saluted France with 13 guns at Quiberon Bay in 1778. The practice was not officially authorized until 1810, when the United States Department of War declared the "National Salute" to be equal to the number of states, which was 17 at the time. This was continued until 1841 when the "National Salute" was reduced from 26 (for the 26 states at the time) to a standard 21, returning to the original naval regulations.
  • Mr. Rock "n" Roll 2011/07/11 20:07:50
    Mr. Rock "n" Roll
    What is the significance of the 21 in "Century 21"?
    significance 21 century 21 century 21
  • jen 2011/07/11 20:06:42
    well i was in jrotc but they only went over that like once...actual i read it from the book on my own once but i dont remember.
  • Francis 2011/07/11 20:03:48
    It's a tradition in America's imperial armies.
  • Rusticu... Francis 2011/08/22 12:07:33
    Rusticus 1773
    Quod est maximum ignorantiae traditionis - fabricata a lectus.
  • haarp35117 2011/07/11 20:01:17
    The custom stems from naval tradition, where a warship would fire its cannons harmlessly out to sea, until all ammunition was spent, to show that it was disarmed, signifying the lack of hostile intent.

    As naval customs evolved, 21 volleys came to be fired for heads of state, with the number decreasing with the rank of the recipient of the honor. While the 21-gun salute is the most commonly recognized, the number of rounds fired in any given salute will vary depending on the conditions. Circumstances affecting these variations include the particular occasion and, in the case of military and state funerals, the branch of service, and rank (or office) of the person to whom honors are being rendered.

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