Photo of the Day: Squad Honors Fallen
(Photo courtesy of Debbie Manthey)
For the City-Times
The Plover VFW Post 10262 Rifle Squad fires a 3-volley salute for the Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies held at local cemeteries and memorials on Monday.
The 3-volley salute is a ceremonial act performed at military and police funerals as part of the drill and ceremony of the Honor Guard. It consists of a rifle party firing blank cartridges into the air three times. The custom originates from the European dynastic wars, where the fighting ceased so the dead and wounded could be removed. Then, three shots were fired into the air to signal that the battle could resume.