FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Soldiers at Fort Riley honored President George H.W. Bush on Thursday as a train carried him to his final resting place in Texas.
Soldiers at Fort Riley honor President George H.W. Bush with a 21-gun salute on Thursday, December 6, 2018 (Courtesy: Fort Riley)
Starting at noon, artillery soldiers with the Big Red One paid tribute to their former Commander-in-Chief with a 21-gun salute, firing one shot every minute for 21 minutes.
A 50-round salute as the flag around sundown Thursday completed the honors by marking each state with a blank round fired every five seconds.
Tradition and regulation sets three requirements for Army soldiers upon the death of a sitting president, former president, or president-elect, explained Fort Riley’s Lt. Col. Terence M. Kelley.
The first tribute came Monday when Soldiers fired one shot every half-hour from reveille, the time the American flag is raised, until it was lowered that night.
Kelley noted all of the shots were blank rounds.