Independence Day 50-Gun Salute to the Nation
June 29, 2012
There will be a special 50-gun salute to the nation at high noon on July 4 at Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall, Whipple Field by Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) Presidential Salute Battery. According to Army regulations, "in commemoration of the Declaration of Independence, a salute to the Union (50 guns) will be fired at 1200 hours on Independence Day at all Army installations provided with the necessary equipment for firing salutes."
The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Presidential Salute Battery, founded in 1953, fires cannon salutes in honor of the President of the United States, visiting foreign dignitaries, and official guests of the Unites States. The battery also fires in support of memorial affairs for all military services in Arlington National Cemetery. In addition the battery fires for ceremonies and special events throughout the National Capital Region. The Presidential Salute Battery is the only unit of its kind in the Army, and its busy schedule includes more than 300 ceremonies each year.