School on Memorial Day? Veterans Object to CT School District's Idea to Replace Snow Days
Veterans in Stamford, Connecticut are voicing their disdain against a proposal that would hold half-day public school classes on Memorial Day this year.
According to The Stamford Advocate, the school superintendent of Schools Earl Kim presented classes on Memorial Day as one option to make up for snow days.
State law allows for classes to be held on holidays, but it would require the lessons on that day to focus on the holiday. At least a few local veterans are hoping another option can be found.
“It’s for the memories of those folks,” Army veteran Archie Elam told the Advocate. “For these families who have lost folks, Memorial Day is not what a lot of other folks think.”
Elam is a state officer with the Connecticut Veterans of Foreign Wars.
"Fox and Friends" host and Army veteran Pete Hegseth weighed in on the issue Thursday, saying that he wished more people would use the holiday to actually memorialize veterans.
"Go to a barbecue, fine. But also go and remember. If you're going to do a half-day, how about you do the other half as a huge ceremony at the school? There's ways you can make it work," he said.