Fort Riley honors President Bush with 21-gun and 50-gun salutes

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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.