U.S. Army Cadet Command (ROTC) celebrated our nation's independence with a bang with a traditional cannon salute at Fort Knox, Ky., July 3, 2013.
A salute battery from the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment ("Centaurs), 3rd Brigade Combat Team ("Duke Brigade"), 1st Infantry Division, fired cannon 51 times -- one for each of the 50 states and one for the six territories.
In a salute battery, each two-man team consists of a gunner who fires the cannon and a loader. The loader has the most difficult job. He must fit a shell into the block at a particular angle and he does not have time to place the shell by sight. He must learn to do it by feel and do it quickly.