STANLEY PREIDIS: A 21-gun salute or not?

TO THE EDITOR:

I’ve meant to write this sooner, but Sean Bradley’s comment in the Sept. 21 article “Showing their pride,” prompted me to get at it.

I’m often asked to get seven veterans together for a funeral detail (or other ceremony) so we can do a 21-gun salute.

We perform a 3 volley salute, whether it is one, three, seven or a company of rifles, it is still a 3 shot volley.

Twenty-one gun salutes are done for heads of state with cannons — think presidential inaugurations and funerals for past presidents. Salutes of lesser amounts are for lower ranking dignitaries and generals/admirals, 19 for the vice president on down to 5 for a vice counsel (19, 17, 15, 13, 11, 7, 5. No nine, and I don’t know why).

Stanley V. Preidis

Manistee

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