Each year there is a Memorial Day “Rolling to Remember” motorcycle ride in Washington, DC to honor POW/MIA veterans.
In previous years, “Rolling to Remember” used the Pentagon parking lot as a place for people to gather before the event began. The sheer size of the Pentagon parking lot and the connection over the POW-MIA issue made it a natural place for the group to start out on their move through DC.
In this case, the Pentagon granted permission for the event to go forward in March and then, without explanation, pulled that permission and refused to discuss it.
Congressmen Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) and Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) put out a press release about the issue.
Congressman Issa said:
The Biden Administration is making a terrible mistake by blocking a veteran’s charity from the use of the Pentagon parking lot for the Rolling to Remember POW/MIA remembrance motorcycle ride. This last-minute rejection, a first of its kind in more than 30 years, leaves patriotic veterans without a safe alternative.
Leading up to the decision, the Pentagon refused to talk with event organizers. They refused to respond to Congress about this topic. And now they are claiming COVID as an excuse.
Just days ago, President Biden hosted a drive-in rally in Georgia. The Rolling to Remember event is no less safe. The only difference is the politics that are denying veterans the opportunity to honor their fallen comrades.
If patriotic veterans are not welcome at the Pentagon, are they truly welcome anywhere in the Biden Administration?
Congressman Calvert said:
I’m disappointed by the Pentagon’s denial of AMVET’s permit for the Rolling to Remember event. It’s also frustrating to hear that the Pentagon staff failed to even engage in meaningful discussions to see how this outdoor event could take place in a safe manner. At a time when President Biden can find a way to hold outdoor political events, it’s shocking his administration can’t find a way to help our veterans do the same.
It seems pretty unlikely that the Pentagon is backing away from an outdoor event because of COVID. Especially since AMVETS had a COVID plan and was happy to alleviate any concerns that they had.
“The biggest disappointment in the Pentagon’s denial was that AMVETS was ignored for months as its professional staff in Washington requested numerous times an opportunity to hear the Defense Department’s concerns and present a [coronavirus] safety plan,” said Jan Brown, the national commander of AMVETS.
The sad truth is that the Biden administration doesn’t like the troops, doesn’t like bikers, and doesn’t care about POWs. Combine that with the fact that Biden is looking to reward the weakest, wokest higher-ups in the military so they can subvert it like they’ve subverted so many other institutions and this is what you get.
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