Anti-Gun Activists Force Cancellation of School’s Veterans Day Ceremony
For the first time in eighty years, the Eau Claire School District in Wisconsin has cancelled its annual Veterans Day ceremony. The tradition includes a 21-gun salute, and anti-gun activists have protested the firing of rifles, even though the guns contain blanks. Tim Libham, Executive Director of Administration for the district, told WEAU Television:
There are just some conditions that we have to adhere to and the shooting of guns, even with blanks, is something we don’t feel is appropriate given society, and the concerns that we have and that community has, on school premises.
Commenters on the school district’s Facebook page reflected support for the veterans and outrage over the cancellation.