Take part in the Artillerie Society’s Salute in honor of the Swiss Abroad
26 cannon shots for each Swiss Canton plus eight volleys (two shots) commemorating the eight old Swiss Cantons that joined the Confederation in 1352 are fired every year on Swiss National Day by the Lucerne Artillery Society from the promenade in Lucerne, steps from the city-center.
On August 1, 2017 the Swiss abroad are honored with an additional salve on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA).
If you’re Swiss and live outside Switzerland, you are invited by the Artillerie Society of Lucerne!
Assembly is at 10:30 am, August 1, 2017, in front of the Casino Lucerne at the Matthias-Luchsinger Platz. The Salute is followed by a reception offered by the Society to the Swiss Abroad. A military band and members of City Council will also be present. No reservations are required for this free event.
The cannons are Krupp, dating back to 1903, and were purchased from the Swiss Armed Forces. Swiss armament manufacturer Ruag supplies the ammunition. Permits from city police (division firearms and explosives), as well as the municipal events office of the city of Lucerne are required every year. And yes, you will need earplugs! Hope to see you there!