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“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,” explained Tim Leibham, Eau Claire, Wisc., school district executive director of administration. So, so much for a 21-gun Veterans Day salute and the on-campus event, held by the local Patriotic Council. Scheduling played a role too, and it’s not clear whether the event could have been held without the gun issue, but Patriotic Council vice president Kaye Olsen said her hopes for a compromise on the guns were frustrated. The council held its event at a local Burger King, and the district held other events in its schools to mark the holiday. “It’s really hard to tell the veterans they’re not allowed to bring those rifles in,” Olsen said. But Leibham insists, “We like to honor our veterans.” (AC/WEAU Eau Claire, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, WQOW Eau Claire) ...Just not for anything involving guns.
Original Publication Date: 16 November 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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