Memorial Day: USS Constitution To Fire Honorary 21-Gun Salute

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The USS Constitution will honor veterans this Memorial Day with a 21-gun salute.

According to the ship and museum's website, gun salutes will be fired once a minute for 21 minutes beginning at noon on Monday. The ship’s flag will fly at half-staff before that, and will be raised to full height after the salute.

Officials will also be holding a ceremony honoring sailors and Marines who have died in service -- with several Gold Star families in attendance.

Anyone interested in the ceremony can watch a live-stream of it on the USS Constitution's Facebook page starting at 11:30 a.m.

During the ceremony museum officials will also show off the Remember Memorial Garden, which will feature paper poppies that visitors have been asked to create over the past few weeks.

"The paper poppy—[is] a symbol of remembrance—to honor a deceased military service member in their life," the museum website said.

The USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship that is currently afloat.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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