The D.C. area is a bit on edge, and the sounds of howitzers firing this afternoon probably won’t help. But it’s necessary to prep for next week’s inauguration.
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall said today (Thursday) that the U.S. Army’s Presidential Salute Battery will be conducting “blank fire drills” this afternoon in preparation for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.
The drills are held as practice for “ceremonies in honor of the President of the United States, for visiting foreign dignitaries, during official government ceremonies, regional celebrations… and while rendering honors during the funeral services of our nation’s fallen service members and veterans,” a base spokeswoman previously told ARLnow.
Please be advised the @USArmyOldGuard, Presidential Salute Battery, will conduct blank fire drills in preparation for the 59th Presidential Inauguration this afternoon and tomorrow on the Fort Myer portion of the Joint Base. @MDW_USARMY pic.twitter.com/bCSBcgmo1F
— JBM-HH (@JBMHH) January 14, 2021
Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr courtesy of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall