The University of Virginia canceled its traditional 21-gun salute for Veterans Day because officials were afraid that the gunshots would upset its snowflake students.
On a Facebook post, university President James Ryan told students that some whiny little panywaists complained about the plans to deliver the traditional military salute.
As an alumnus, I am embarrassed. What pantywaists. https://t.co/9vMYRUzlUS
— Brit Hume (@brithume) November 11, 2019
Ryan said he canceled the 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 insisted.
But members of the military, veterans, and those who support our brave soldiers were incensed by the decision.
“I am very disillusioned, very upset, and very surprised that they would make such a decision,” veteran Jay Levine told television station WHSV.
The school newspaper, The Daily Progress, slammed the school’s move.
“It also, ironically, sends an unfortunate message about students: That they are too fragile, too delicate, too distractible to deal with the ‘interruption’ of the salute. That they are too insular, too wrapped up in their own worlds to comprehend and accept this longstanding practice. That they must be protected from the reality that exists outside academia,” the paper’s editorial read.
As more and more criticism flooded into the school, Ryan apparently had a change of heart and announced that the salute would be back for the 2020 Veterans Day ceremony.
More to the point, the 21-gun salute actually evolved out of a practice to demonstrate peaceful intentions.
According to the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
“The use of gun salutes for military occasions is traced to early warriors who demonstrated their peaceful intentions by placing their weapons in a position that rendered them ineffective,” the center explained. “The 21-gun salute became the highest honor a nation rendered.”
Apparently, the spineless students in Virginia never got the memo.
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