Honoring soldiers is ‘too political’

A national tour that features several decorated Afghanistan and Iraq veterans planned a stop at Forest Lake Area High School in Minneapolis Thursday, but the event was canceled at the last minute by the principal. Why? “The event was structured to be an academic classroom discussion around military service. We thought we’d provide an opportunity for kids to learn about service in the context of our history classes,” the school principal said. “As the day progressed, it became clear that this was becoming a political event… which would be inappropriate in a public setting. We decided to cancel.” The only reason it became political was because of harassing phone calls from anti-war Leftists who threatened to protest.

Vets for Freedom is sponsoring the cross-country tour from 14 March through 9 April. Pete Hegseth, who heads the organization, graduated from Forest Lake and served with the 101st Airborne in Iraq, said, “It’s Iraq and Afghan veterans talking about what they saw and what they did there, and about what it means to put on the uniform of your country.” Among the heroes on the tour is Marcus Luttrell, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and Petty Officer First Class who was awarded the Navy Cross and a Purple Heart for his actions in Afghanistan. We have previously told his incredible story. Finally, Hegseth asked, “Are we saying that patriotism and duty and honor have no place in our public schools?”

source: Patriot Post

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