That booming you may have heard wasn’t just thunderclaps.
The USS Constitution left Charlestown Navy Yard and turned back near Castle Island firing a 21-salute in honor of Women Veterans Day Friday.
Women Veterans Day, held on June 12, marks the anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, signed in 1948, legally allowing women to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
USS Constitution, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855.
USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 opponents. The ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the War of 1812 when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.