Photo By Rhonda Apple
There will be a special 50-gun salute to the nation at noon on July 4 at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Whipple Field by Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Presidential Salute Battery. The 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 schedule includes more than 300 ceremonies each year.