Why is it called a twenty one gun salute?
The tradition of rendering a salute by cannon originated in the 14th century as firearms and cannons came into use. Land batteries, having a greater supply of gunpowder, were able to fire three guns for every shot fired afloat, hence the salute by shore batteries was 21 guns.
Join Alexa Answers
Help make Alexa smarter and share your knowledge with the worldLEARN MORE