President Biden’s administration is blocking an annual pro-veteran motorcycle rally to honor U.S. military veterans.
For over 30 years, the annual Rolling to Remember motorcycle rally was held on Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., to honor veterans – prisoners of war (POWs) and those missing in action (MIA).
The event was normally staged in the Pentagon parking lot, however, the Pentagon blocked the use of this area by rejecting the permit citing risks of the coronavirus.
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In past years, the Rolling to Remember motorcycle ride, formerly known as Rolling Thunder, had used the Pentagon parking lot as the pre-ride staging area to line up for the processional ride from the Department of Defense to the war memorials on the National Mall.
Florida Republican Representative Brian Mast, a U.S. Army veteran and double amputee, blasted the Biden administration.
The Biden Administration is the only thing stopping this Memorial Day tradition from happening.
It’s sad that it is easier to cross the border illegally than it is to get a permit to pay our respects to our nation's fallen heroes. https://t.co/zKvptZPyCC
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) May 3, 2021
California Republican Representatives Darrell Issa and Ken Calvert issued a joint statement slamming the decision.
The Biden Administration is making a terrible mistake by blocking a veterans charity from the use of Pentagon parking for the Rolling to Remember POW/MIA remembrance motorcycle ride. Sadly, the decision seems to be more about politics than safety.https://t.co/rENBxexDRI
— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) May 3, 2021
AMVETS’ national executive director Joe Chennelly commented on Fox News:
“What, traditionally, this event has been all about is our missing in action. We have more than 80,000 Americans who are still missing in action since World War II,” Chennelly continued. “We are committed to still having a central staging area. … We have a Plan B and a Plan C.”
📺 ICYMI: AMVETS’ @jchenellywas on @FoxFriendsFirst discussing lack of communication and eventual denial from the Pentagon regarding parking lot use for a pro-veteran demonstration ride, #RollingToRemember.
— Rolling To Remember (@RollToRemember) May 3, 2021
Critics commented on social media.
Permits? We don't need no stinking permits.
DID BLM get permits for their "peaceful demonstrations"?
— mike cebula (@ChanceofWare) May 3, 2021
Wow! Shocked to see @DeptofDefense say no to @AMVETSHQ request for a Pentagon parking permit for @RollToRemember on Memorial Day weekend. A 32-year old tradition in DC. @7NewsDC https://t.co/DGiaYKDdZM
— Scott Taylor 7 News I-Team (@ScottTaylorTV) April 30, 2021
Let this SINK in .. Biden’s PENTAGON denied a permit to a Veteran’s Group for their annual “Rolling to Remember Rally .. DISGRACEFUL pic.twitter.com/8zURvkmP2I
— Concetta (@concetta8668) May 4, 2021
The Biden administration is sending the wrong message blocking the traditional motorcycle rally to honor our military veterans.