Re: GS "Demonstration" Stopped in DC
Bruce Harper (bharper@VT.EDU)
Fri, 2 Jun 1995 15:20:28 +0900
On 6/1/95, Ed Henderson wrote:
>An article in Today (June 1st) USA Today reports that six Girl Scouts were
>prohibited from reciting the Pledge of Allegence at the steps of the
>Jefferson Memorial because the ranger said they were having an unauthorized
>Has anyone else read this, what happened? Has the National Park Service gone
>this far overboard? with all of our nation's problems, labeling the Girl
>Scouts reciting the Pledge of Allegance as "unauthorized demonstrations"
>seems to be way out of line.
Yes, well, it did happen and so far the National Park Service has not
commented. The Girl Scouts were from Bedford, Virginia (a town halfway
between Roanoke and Lynchburg). The leaders complained about the shabby
treatment to Rep. L.F. Payne, who is looking into the incident. From the
report on a local TV station, it sounded like the ranger was ready to run
the whole group off to jail for its "demonstration," but was pursuaded not
to go that far. However, the planned ceremony was terminated and the girls
came home disappointed.
I will come up with some additional details this weekend (today was recycling
day, so I may have to head to the library for newspaper research) and post
them to the list early next week.
Bruce in Blacksburg Webelos Den Leader, Pack 56, Blacksburg
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