The Eau Claire School District in Wisconsin has canceled its annual Veterans Day Program because of their irrational fear of the 21-gun salute.
The Iowa Firearms Coalition reports that the school district is afraid to have the 21-gun salute on school grounds because of the use of firearms, despite the fact that the guns are mechanically altered so they cannot fire real bullets, just blanks.
“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 the community has, on school premises,” said Tim Libham, the Executive Director of Administration for the Eau Claire School District.
Kay Olsen of the Eau Claire Patriotic Council says there was no compromise with the school and now the Veterans Day program will be moved to the local Burger King. She said, "I was hoping maybe we could find a compromise, but when it comes to the weapons, there was no compromise.”
The IFC recaps the situation in a history of the veterans' group of Eau Claire:
Since the early 1930’s vets groups in the Eau Claire area have held a Veterans Day ceremony at a local school. Part of the ceremony includes a 21 gun salute. This year school district officials told the veterans there would be no compromise, if they planned to do a 21 gun salute they would not be allowed on school property. Instead of providing students with a valuable learning opportunity about our nation’s history, the Eau Claire veterans are now forced to hold their Veterans Day Ceremony in a fast food restaurant parking lot.