21 gun salute no longer being held at Belle Plaine high school

Oct 20, 2015 by

Belle Plaine High School is banning the 21 gun salute for the first time ever at the school’s annual Veteran’s Day assembly because the school says it promotes gun violence.

However, a Post 39 legioneer has offered his own yard across from the school for the assembly so the salute can continue.

Still, the news has angered some people in Belle Plaine, as veterans firing blank rifles at the school assembly has been a fun and safe tradition for as long as some students can remember.

Legioneers were especially disappointed before the school announced the assembly would go on at a different location, as firing the rifles was a favorite part for some.

Post 39 legioneers believe that high schools across the state, and possibly even country, may soon be following suit.

Though Belle Plaine is the first high school in the area to move their assembly off school grounds, Post 39 commander Pam Munson thinks it’s only a matter of time before other schools do the same.

Munson says the Post 39 legion is not done fighting for this tradition to continue next year.

Source: 21 gun salute no longer being held at Belle Plaine high school – KWWL – Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

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