University of Virginia officials nixed the school’s traditional 21-gun salute for Veterans Day this year because “gun violence” is scary, “especially on school and university campuses.”
UVA President James Ryan explained the decision in a Saturday Facebook post.
“Related to this year’s ceremony, the Provost’s Office and Col. Michael Hough, commanding officer of UVA’s Air Force ROTC detachment, worked closely together in making the decision to eliminate the 21-gun salute for two reasons: first, to minimize disruptions to classes, given that this event is located at the juncture of four primary academic buildings and is held at a time that classes are in session; and second, recognizing concerns related to firing weapons on the Grounds in light of gun violence that has happened across our nation, especially on school and university campuses.”
Ryan alleged organizers for the ROTC-led event considered a different location, but opted to keep the central location but leave out the 21-gun salute, a tradition at the school for over a decade.
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