Veterans Day is typically a day of remembrance, a day where Americans join together to celebrate the sacrifices our soldiers put forth to give us the rights and lives we enjoy today.
But in Wisconsin on Tuesday, the Eau Claire School District had its annual program cancelled because of a fear about the 21-gun salute.
“Now, as the last few years, with everything that’s gone on in our country, with the school shootings and everything, it’s getting harder to be able to do our veterans program,” Vice President of the Eau Claire Patriotic Council Kay Olsen told WEAU-TV.
She said the school has grown overly cautious about having firearms on or near their property with the amount of school violence occurring in today’s society.
“It’s really hard to tell those veterans that they’re not able to bring those rifles in,” Olsen said. “Which, the only purpose is to honor our flag and our country and to teach the kids.”
Adding to the absurdity, the rifles were going to be filled with blanks, not live rounds.
“There’s just some conditions that we have to adhere to, and the shooting of guns, even with blanks, is something we just don’t feel is appropriate, given society, and the concerns that we have, and that the community has, on school premises,” Tim Libham, Executive Director of Administration for the school district, said.
The program was instead held at a local Burger King.
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h/t Truth Revolt