“Although motivated by good intentions, I believe we made a mistake this year”
There was apparently some strong blow back over this. Well, there’s always next year.
Campus Reform reports:
After backlash, UVA pres. says scrapping Veterans Day 21-gun salute was ‘mistake’
Shortly after announcing that it would be doing away with its long-held tradition of incorporating a 21-gun salute on Veterans Day, the University of Virginia has changed course and will be reinstating the salute in next year’s ceremony.
University president Jim Ryan stated Saturday that next year’s ceremony will include the salute, calling the decision a “mistake” that was “motivated by good intentions.”
“Sometimes you make mistakes. Although motivated by good intentions, I believe we made a mistake this year in excluding the 21-gun salute from our Veterans Day ceremony. Having attended the ceremony, and having consulted with the Commander in charge, I am confident that we can accommodate a 21-gun salute, which had been a meaningful feature of the ceremony in years past,” Ryan wrote in a Facebook post.
“We will therefore reinstate the 21-gun salute next year, and we will make sure to minimize any disruptions to classes and communicate the details of the ceremony in advance. Thanks to all who shared their views about this topic, and my sincere apologies to any who may have doubted our commitment to honoring our veterans, whom we hold in the highest esteem and who deserve our gratitude,” he added.
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