The 21-Mile Salute was founded in recognition of those we honor on Memorial Day. For those who have lost a loved one in the military, it is a day to reflect and remember, a day when grief and love for our country go hand in hand, a day when we pause to appreciate their sacrifice and honor the lives we will never forget.
In these troubled times, both globally and nationally, it is essential to take the time to remember and honor our heroes. Whether it's civil unrest, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, accidents, or personal tragedy, they are often first on the scene and last to leave. Our nation depends on these heroes to serve, protect, and care for us daily and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice if needed.
These men and women are not serving alone. They have spouses, children, siblings, parents, and loved ones supporting and serving behind the lines. Let us not forget the on-going sacrifices and heartache of the families. These families are a vital part of our country's military history and civilian community. On Memorial Day weekend, we not only take the time to remember and honor our fallen heroes but their families as well.
By supporting the 21- Mile Salute, you actively share the lives and heroic stories of these brave individuals and their loved ones year-round.
The 21-Gun Salute, by cannon or artillery, is a military tradition that originated as far back as the 14th century. The custom stems from a naval tradition when a warship would signify its peaceful intent by firing its seven cannons out to sea until all ammunition was depleted, rendering them ineffective.
During this time, forts could store more significant gunpowder quantities on dry land; forts could fire three rounds for each one fired at sea — hence the number 21. With the improvement of naval gunpowder, honors rendered at sea increased to 21 shots fired.
The 21-gun Salute eventually became the international standard and, commonly recognized by many nations, as the highest honor. The 21-Gun Salute custom has changed many times throughout the years; however, still utilized today.
(To learn more about the history of the 21-Gun Salute, please visit: https://history.army.mil/html/faq/salute.html)
A portion of the proceeds supports Camp Alliance Inc. by providing on-going programs for current and former military and their dependents to include Gold Star and Survivor Families. These programs aim towards restoring a sense of self, family, and hope by focusing on resiliency, health and well-being, engagement, and connections to community resources, all year long.
By joining us, you become a significant part of that support network for these families and those still serving by ensuring that Camp Alliance, Inc. has the resources available to continue to support those who serve.