The University of Virginia is in the hot seat after canceling the 21-gun salute for the Veteran’s Day ceremony. UVA President Jim Ryan claimed that the salute is ‘too scary’ and would disrupt classes.
“One is that it would be disruptive to classes and two, unfortunately with gun violence in the U.S., there was some concern that we would cause a panic if someone heard gunshots on grounds,” Ryan said.
They made it quite clear tat their decision is final and nothing would change their mind. UVA spokesman Brian Coy stated that the college “hears and respects the concerns raised by members of the community.” It would appear that they simply do not care about the community’s concerns.
This is a slap in the face to every veteran. We are the home of the free, because of the brave. Yet universities like this would rather be politically correct than honor our veterans.
Jay Levine is a veteran who spoke to local media outlets and who is ripping mad about the decision. The veteran went through the ROTC program at UVA. He said the 21-gun salute is the ultimate salute to those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice.
He tells media outlets he’s planning on writing to UVA about his concerns, and hopes other veterans will take action as well.
“I am very disillusioned, very upset, and very surprised that they would make such a decision,” Levine said. “Freedom isn’t free. There’s a cost and that cost is born by the veterans and the families of those veterans.”
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It’s a sad day when Americans are too scared to celebrate what it means to be an American and to honor those who fought for our right to live the way we do. There is no room for political correctness in our country. I, for one, will not tiptoe around to appease the feelings of liberals.