Selected Article Excerpts:
On Thursday, the National Guard was suppose to appear with their Humvees. But they were not allowed to do so.
Pastor Hogan said they were told that it was against military policy for National Guard troops to participate in the VBS. He said that by attending the event, the National Guard feels as if they are supporting the Baptist religion.
State Representative Mike Kelley said the Missouri National Guard told him that U.S. federal policy prohibits it from doing anything with any specific church.
The policy states that troops are to avoid activities that might involve the promotion of any religious or sectarian movement.
Members of the Missouri National Guard were disappointed with what happened.
One guardsman said he is ashamed and embarrassed as this is not the military he signed up for.