November 30, 2015
Officials at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem, Va., sent an email to employees in November banning Christmas trees in public areas, only to quickly reverse their decision after a backlash from veterans and employees.
The email, obtained by local NBC affiliate WSLS, asserted that when the public—including veterans—accessed the building, they should be assured the government was not endorsing a particular religion. It went on to make clear public areas could be decorated in a “winter season” theme only.
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