Here’s the Presidential Battery Salute (21-gun salute) at President Trump’s inauguration in 2017. Note it’s a four-gun salute. Three are actually fired; the fourth is there in case of a misfire.
Note that you can hear Trump taking the oath in the background at roughly 1:46 before the guns are fired.
Now, some media claim Biden got a Presidential Battery Salute at his “inauguration” as well. It’s always done at presidential inaugurations.
But Biden didn’t get one. Instead there was a three-gun 21-gun salute at Arlington National Cemetery. (Two guns are actually fired; the third is on standby.) That’s the salute used when laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Note the difference in the intervals between shots for the two different types of salutes.
Here’s the salute for the Biden wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
The military is particular about these differences.
So Trump continues to fly military aircraft as a president is entitled to do while a former president isn’t. Meanwhile Biden reportedly took a private jet to his inauguration instead of the government or military flight traditionally offered to the president-elect.
And Trump got the traditional four-gun Presidential Battery Salute for his presidential inauguration, while Biden only got the salute for laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Seems the military still considers Trump president.
See more evidence from blog reader Joe below.
More from Joe
Thanks to reader Joe who provided this additional material on the tradition of the Presidential Battery Salute at inaugurations.
21 Gun Video Research:
History of Presidential 21 Gun Salute fired as soon as the President is sworn in (1 min video):
In action from 2017 Trump Inauguration:
HISTORICAL VIDEO PROOF:
Carter in 1977 at 18:25:
Reagan in 1981 at 20:35:
Reagan in 1985 At 1:05:
Interestingly…moved inside due to weather (7° with -25° windchill factor). Still see and hear those cannons though.
Bush 41 at 23:45:
Clinton 1st at 59 min:
Clinton 2nd at 32:30:
Bush 1 at 21:05:
Bush 2 at 1 hr:
Obama 1 at 32:
Obama 2 at 41(hard to hear over crowd):
Trump 1 at 1 hr:
Trump 21 gun salute at Andrew’s Air Force Base for farewell hours before Biden Inauguration using 4 guns and guns seen in all the other 21 gun salute videos:
Biden at 33:30 NO 21 GUNS only SILENCE:
21 Gun Salute Wed afternoon, only this salute is different with 10 sec breaks and they only used 2 guns out of 3 at the wreath laying:
Full — approx 14 min to 17+min mark. It takes 3.5 minutes to fire 21 rounds with 10 sec intervals:
Grunge.com trying to sell the later 21 Gun Salute:
They pulled most of their article from this Army site:
“Today, the U.S. military fires a 21-gun salute in honor of a national flag, the sovereign or chief of state of a foreign nation, a member of a reigning royal family, and the president, ex-presidents and president-elect of the United States. The 21-gun salute is also fired at noon on George Washington’s birthday, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and the day of the funeral of a president, ex-president or president-elect.”
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is one other place they use this 21 Gun Salute. Here is a video from Sept 24, 2004 where they only use 2 of 3 guns and take 10 second intervals just like Jan 20, 2021:
Strange that with so many military in attendance they would not do a very traditional military thing…that has been done at every other inauguration I can find.