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JBPHH discontinuing 21-gun funeral salutes

December 22, 2015

An announcement that the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii is discontinuing 21-gun salutes at veterans’ funerals brought online anger last week. But it turns out the policy is a change that was authorized Air Force-wide in 2013.

Local Honolulu television station KHON 2 reported that the 15th Wing had decided to reduce the number of honor guards assigned to a funeral detail from seven to two airmen. That would mean veteran burials would no longer receive the three-volley firing often referred to as a 21-gun salute.

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