Prayer V pdASHEVILLE, N.C. – Officials for a North Carolina school district are condemning Christian prayers at a recent event honoring war veterans a violation of district policy. The North Buncombe High School Band Boosters hosted the ceremony this past weekend as a kick-off to its “Field of Honor” flag display in honor of those who have served in the U.S. military. According to reports, the event also served as a fundraiser for the band’s goal to travel to Hawaii to perform at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. The event, which was held off school property, was organized by the band boosters and attendance was voluntary. However, because the event included prayers that referenced the name of Jesus, some students and at least one parent lodged a complaint to school officials. Local Pastor Jim Dykes presented both and invocation and a benediction at the ceremony. North Buncombe Principal Jack Evans stated that he heard a complaint from one student, as well as a mother who identifies as a pagan. More