FORT SILL, OK (RNN Texoma) - Soldiers on Fort Sill honored the late 41st President Thursday with a 21-gun and a 50-gun salute.
They had the 21-gun salute at noon Thursday in honor of President George H.W. Bush, and followed it with a 50-gun salute, one for each state in the union, at 5:00 p.m. The 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery Salute Battery fired Howitzers in tribute to former President Bush.
The Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery says this is a good way to pay respect to the nation’s 41st President. “Beyond being told to do it, frankly it’s an opportunity to pay homage and honor the President of the United States,” said Lazander Tomlinson, Lt. Col, Commander, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery.
It was an opportunity for the Post to pay homage to a former Commander-in-Chief, with a Battalion fit for the job.“They’re one of two salute batteries in the army’s inventory. And so what we have here with bravo battery, the salute battery, not only do they shoot normal artillery missions, they also perform a function which one other organization does, which is actually in the military District of Washington,” said Tomlinson.
He says 21 and 50-gun salutes are typically reserved for Memorial Day and the deaths of Presidents.
George H.W. Bush was laid to rest Thursday in College Station, Texas following a memorial service.