The White House rolled out its finest for Pope Francis on Wednesday, including military color guards, a fife-and-drum corps decked out in red colonial outfits, the Marine band playing national anthems and lots of American and Vatican flags.
State arrival ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House typically include a 21-gun salute to the visiting foreign leader, usually the dramatic punctuation of such events. Indeed, such a salute was included for the last pope who came to the White House, Benedict XVI, who visited President Georg...
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