A veterans group was forced to hold its annual Veterans’ Day observance at a fast food restaurant instead of the local high school because part of their ceremony involves a 21-gun salute. And no, this wan’t in Santa Fe, Boulder or Berkeley. This latest manifestation of hoplophobic pants-wetting took place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. As Kaye Olsen of the Eau Claire Patriotic Council told weau.com, “It’s really hard to tell the veterans they’re not allowed to bring those rifles in. Which, the only purpose is, to honor our flag and our country and to teach the kids.” . . .
Of course, the Eau Claire school district blamed society for their zero-tolerance stupidity.
“We like to honor the veterans; we bring them in on a regular basis,” says Tim Libham, the Executive Director of Administration with the district. “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.”
So after being turned away by the local government school system, the vets marched themselves over to a local Burger King where they no doubt terrorized patrons there with their violent salute to those who have served our country. How’s that for a ‘thank you for your service?’