With all that has been happening around my personal life struggles... The struggles of my family and friends, not only in New York but around the world... I just penned my feelings on no matter what we go through we will have the victory... We will rise again... A cry for more unity and peace... History on 21 Gun Salute as it is used here: The use of gun salutes for military occasions is traced to early warriors who demonstrated their peaceful intentions by placing their weapons in a position that rendered them ineffective. Apparently this custom was universal, with the specific act varying with time and place, depending on the weapons being used. A North African tribe, for example, trailed the points of their spears on the ground to indicate that they did not mean to be hostile.