One wonders if a visiting head of state were to receive a volley of cannon fire in the Cemetery as the rendering of honors requires, would the Borough of Gettysburg require the fee to be paid by the US Army, the US Department of State, or perhaps they would double bill the embassy of the visiting head of state as well.
There are limits even to greed. The borough of Gettysburg has shamed all of America with this display of governmental meddling and control.
So in order to render these "Military Honors", which indeed, even in the history of our nation, predate the establishment of the Borough itself, the Veterans of the Allied Veterans Council must discharge their weapons [blanks] at the gravesite. And that is what the fee is for.
One asks, why? Why would Veterans firing Military salutes over the grave of a departed Veteran not be included in the language of the ordinance as an exception?
Finally, the collection of perhaps $200 per year must be so important that the Borough thus insults the Veterans of this nation.
But this is not the only insult. The flag of the United State of America has been removed from its place of prominence in the middle of Lincoln Square, in downtown Gettysburg, replaced by banners for the upcoming Gettysburg Festival, an event that showcases the merchants of the Borough, and their wares.
We are absolutely stunned that the Borough would perform such an action. But after discovering they charge a fee for firing rifles over the grave of a deceased Veteran, why should this be a surprise.
We are ashamed of the Borough Council of Gettysburg. Of all places in this nation, to pull down the US Colors, and replace them with commercial banners is an affront to all the citizens of this nation. Both actions are despicable.
As for the flag, at least they waited until after Flag Day.
What an inept, unconscious crew Gettysburg Borough Council is! They make even the Cumberland Township Clowns look good!
Perhaps the Borough Council should stop and take a look at who is interested in Gettysburg. We currently are being read in the following foreign lands:
Petaling Jaya, Malasia
Singapore City, Singapore
Quezon City, Philippines
Strand, South Africa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
What must these world-wide readers think of what passes for government here in the Gettysburg area.
To them I say, this is not America. This is something else entirely.
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