Old Ironsides to Feature 21-Gun Salute on Memorial Day

May 27, 2016
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Monday, May 30, USS Constitution in Charlestown will conduct a 21-Gun Salute from the pier side saluting battery, once a minute for 21 minutes starting at noon, in commemoration of Memorial Day and those who gave their lives in defense of freedom and the United States of America.

Public are welcome to observe the event at the end of Pier One in the Charlestown Navy Yard. For all those wishing to watch from the water, USS Constitution asks all craft observe from a minimum safe distance of 150 feet from the battery.

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who died in the service of the United States of America. The annual holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the Civil War in 1868. The Grand Army of the Republic established the holiday as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the departed with flowers.