(WatchDogNews.org) – The University of Virginia (UVA) President Jim Ryan canceled a Veterans Day 21-gun salute tradition because he was concerned it could “cause a panic.”
The school’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) along with the provost’s office made the decision to end the 24-hour ROTC vigil which started at 4 p.m. on Monday and ended on Tuesday.
The President told local news reporters he felt the decade old tradition would disrupt classes and would cause a panic, especially with the rise of gun violence.
The school’s president continued to defend his decision saying the 21-gun salute is “not required or even typical” of Veterans Day ceremonies.
He said the school would look at future options for Veterans Day events and would reconsider bringing back the 21-gun salute.
The University of Virginia says it will cancel its Veterans Day 21-gun salute over fears of "gun violence." https://t.co/iYlslJSGF2
— MRCTV.org (@mrctv) November 11, 2019
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