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The history behind 21-cannon salute given on Independence Day

Every independence day we wake up to a beautiful ceremony by the Defence forces where they present a twenty-one cannon salute. But what's the significance of '21' in the '21-cannon salute? According to one account attributed to the US Army Center of Military History, the cannon salutes trace back to the 14th century when a battery of seven guns fired three times. So it comes as no big surprise that one of the most popular customs of the entire celebration, the 21-gun-salute, has a story behind it that not…