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Fort Carson soldiers honor George H.W. Bush with gun/canon salute

Fort Carson soldiers honor late President Bush

FORT CARSON, Colo. - Fort Carson soldiers are honoring the late President George H.W. Bush in a special 21 gun salute.

On Thursday, right at noon, men and women from the 77th Field Artillery Regimen performed the ceremony.

This ceremony is different than other gun salutes. Typically, soldiers use rifles, but for a President, service members use cannons.

Soldiers practice for days leading up to the ceremony and time their shots down to the second. Leading the group was First Lieutenant, Katherine Fiorillo. She says today's salute made her reflect on her service.

"Being a part of the salute batter reminds me of how proud I am to be a solder every day," she says.

Their Lieutenant Colonel, Donald Cherry said his group was picked among many other on Fort Carson. 

"They're glad to be the ones selected. There are several battalions here on post that could have done it but we're glad to be the ones who did it," Cherry said.

Not lost on their Colonel was that many of soldiers who participated in today's events were not old enough to understand the President's time in office. 

Cherry says, "He played a big role is moving us forward with the fall of the Soviet Union and when he served with President Reagan, he played a big part in our success on both sides."

All 21 shots rang out in a eulogy for the President who was once in their position, choosing to enlist in the military to serve our country.

Fiorillo says, "it hits really close to home when you're able to have a political figure that was in your shoes at one point or sacrificed more than you'll ever be able to."

Today's salute to service was just one of many Fort Carson has performed since President George H.W. Bush passed away on Friday. The American Flag will continue to fly at half mast for the next several weeks.

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