Source: Pocono Record

Source: Pocono Record

21-Gun Salute in Stroudsburg, Pa. Canceled Because It Violates Ordinance

Take Action: Call Borough Manager Cathie Thomas at 570-421-5444 ext. 104 or by email at CathrynT@choiceonemail.com

Stars and Stripes: STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Tribune News Service) — A Memorial Day weekend ceremony at Courthouse Square won’t include a 21-gun salute because it violates the Stroudsburg Borough code.

Sunday’s dedication for Civil War soldiers killed in action originally included the salute, which would fire blanks, but Borough Manager Cathie Thomas said the ordinance is clear.

According to the borough code, it is unlawful for any person to use, fire or discharge any gun or other firearm within the borough. The ordinance was enacted Dec. 19, 1983, according to the code.

Stroudsburg Borough Council member Boyd Weiss said the 21-gun salute is a practice that has taken place in the borough for most of his life.

Weiss said he understands why the ordinance is in place, but he thought an exception could be made because the salute was customary at similar events in the past.

“I couldn’t understand that,” he said. “My entire life we’ve had gun salutes on Veterans Days or in celebration of veterans.”

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Take Action: Call Borough Manager Cathie Thomas at 570-421-5444 ext. 104 or by email at CathrynT@choiceonemail.com

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