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UVA Cancels 21-Gun Salute Honoring Vets On Veterans Day

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On Monday, the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson, will celebrate Veterans Day, but unlike the last ten years, will not hold the 21-gun salute portion of its ceremony.

WHSV reported that the ceremony “marks the conclusion of a 24-hour vigil by ROTC cadets and has included the 21-gun salute for more than a decade,” adding, “The Provost’s office, in conjunction with the colonel of UVA’s ROTC program, made the decision.

As Jennifer Kabbany notes at The College Fix, on Saturday, university President James Ryan issued a statement on Facebook explaining the decision. Ryan wrote in part:

As the son of a father who served in the Navy during the Korean War, I share views of the importance of honoring the men and women who have served in our armed forces. I fully support and am honored that UVA hosts a 24-hour vigil and Veterans Day ceremony put on by our ROTC programs each year.

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 noted that the salute “is not a required, or even typical, part of Veteran’s Day ceremonies — as opposed to Memorial Day ceremonies, which are specifically dedicated to those who have lost their lives in service to our country.” He concluded, “Given that the plans are already in place for this year, we will follow the event organizers’ recommendation to proceed without the 21-gun salute in our Veterans Day Ceremony. Following this year’s ceremony, however, we will work with our ROTC officers and cadets to take a closer look at options for our Veterans Day events, including those that would enable us to re-introduce the 21-gun salute to the program.”

Kabbany pointed out that several letters were printed in The Daily Progress that criticized the university leaving out the 21-gun salute, including one pointing out that in the university’s rotunda, plaques exist honoring hundreds of alumni who were veterans and killed in wars America fought.

Another, longer missive stated that canceling the salute sent “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.”

A third critic echoed, “How ‘we’ reached the decision? The buck stops with you. Score one for the snowflakes.”

In 2017, plaques honoring University of Virginia students who fought for the Confederacy were  removed from the Rotunda.  AS UVA Magazine noted, a resolution from the Board of Visitors to take down the plaques asserted that none of the more than 50 students or alumni who veterans of the Union Army or Navy had been recognized on the grounds for their service. The resolution pointed out that plaques on the façade of the Rotunda honored students or alumni who died in wars from World War I through the Iraq War.

A version of this story appears on the Daily Wire website.

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18 Comments
  • Becky Diane Clark says:

    WTF! This is ludicrous and we are losing more and more patriotism every few months! No 21 gun salute is going to interrupt any student classes, but why not take a few minutes of silence during that time to think about who and what we are honoring today! Problem solved! No 21 gun salute- Shame on all of you!

  • Matt says:

    Very telling. Time to bring back the draft starting with all university administrators and officials regardless of their age.

  • mark scully says:

    I would NEVER send a child of mine there.the excuses frankly don’t hold water.more commie delusion.

  • Matt says:

    Contact this excuse for an educator, or should we indoctrinator. His email is president@virginia.edu

    • CharlieSeattle says:

      Sent my,

      21 middle finger salute

    • Lorraine Kemer says:

      Just sent a message, reads:
      I am ashamed at your action to cancel the 21 gun salute on veteran’s day, today. Rather than teach your students about the importance of the sacrifices our military has made so America may keep its freedoms, you are instead helping students to erase all things that are near and dear to our country. A person in a position such as yours should stand up for freedom and justice, not cave to political correctness. May God have mercy on you’re soul.

  • T KNOW says:

    What a CROCK!

  • 2WarAbnVet says:

    The excuse is pure horsepoo! The actual reason: snowflakes are frightened by loud noises.

  • Marilyn says:

    Just goes to show how communistic some are getting, A THING THEY WILL REGRET IF OR WHEN THEY GET THEIR WAY. They are so ignorant when it comes to knowing what socialism and communism really are! And the professors are working more for communism than patriotism. Kids wake up, know what you’re really for, don’t take anyone’s word,, study for yourself. Know what is the truth! I’m old enough to know what happened years ago, it’s not all what you’re being told!

  • Stephen Russell says:

    ?????, ALL vets leave this college, transfer out.
    Thanks.

  • VietnamVeteran says:

    Virginia and the University of Virginia are fast becoming like California and the University of California – totally screwed-up leftist lunatics – wimps, pansies, politically correct, loser snowflakes who have NO respect for veterans at all.

  • Bob Plumlee says:

    You have to realize folks that 99.9997 % of the population of Virginia are the product of over 250 years of intense inbreeding !

  • Jeff Merrell says:

    Another college hack using gun violence as a scapegoat so the children don’t get traumatized by the loud “BANG!!”. Congratulations, Mr. Ryan, you have knuckled under to the left-wing politicians running rampant in your once proud state.

  • Harold says:

    One thing Hitler and Stalin had in common was they both realized how vitally important it is to indoctrinate children with their beliefs. Couldn’t find a Stalin quote, but here is one from Hitler: May Day 1933 “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.”

  • FRED says:

    HA, CANDY ASSED LIBERAL HACK

  • Sher says:

    This is BS. Im sick of all the changes to our Patriotic ways, this is AMERICA. I agree with Matt bring back the draft, this way these young men and women will learn about all the sacrifices our soldiers have made during all the Wars to protect and keep us ALL SAFE. These changes need to STOP if you dont like our Patriotism dont change it just MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE. “WE THE PEOPLE” are SICK of this crap

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