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What are some of the "Firing Cannon Salutes?"  
There are a number of cannon firing salutes to include the 21-gun salute, also referred to as the royal salute, which is given to U.S. presidents, ex-presidents, president-elects, chiefs of state, heads of government, and members of a reigning royal family. Cannon firing salutes tend to consist of an odd number of shots (5, 7, 13,17, 19 and 21-gun), following a naval tradition dating back at least to the middle 1600s. An even number of shots was considered unlucky, and sometimes used as a signal that the captain or master gunner had died on the voyage.
Keywords: Traditions, Customs, Culture

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Army Protocol Office Army Regulation 600-25 Salutes, Honors, and Visits of Courtesy Verbal
Casualty Assistance Office Army Regulation 600-25 Salutes, Honors, and Visits of Courtesy Verbal
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