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Bethlehem Shoots Down Anti-Aircraft Gun Display

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BETHLEHEM, Conn. (AP) _ Bethlehem officials have dropped plans to purchase a World War II-era anti-aircraft gun to decorate the Town Green.

Voters decided in May to earmark money to improve the Green and replace a cannon melted down in 1942 to help the war effort. The Board of Selectmen agreed to pay $10,500 for a twin Hotchkiss 13.2-mm anti-aircraft gun.

The Republican-American reports (http://bit.ly/1dcrYft ) that some residents criticized the decision. Opponents expressed anti-war sentiments and concerns that the machine gun did not fit with the green’s character.

First Selectman Lenny Assard said he was not sure the anti-aircraft gun is appropriate.

Former Selectmen Edward A. Roden, who was defeated by Assard in the first selectman’s race in November, said the anti-aircraft gun is not a symbol of war. He says it honors those who served.
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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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