Democrat-led Pentagon rejects permit for annual POW-MIA ‘Rolling Thunder’ rally
Joe Biden’s administration has ended the 30-year-old annual Memorial Day motorcycle parade that is held in Washington, DC, to honor POW/MIA veterans.
Biden’s Pentagon has rejected a permit for the annual Rolling to Remember
The gathering draws tens of thousands of motorcyclists from across America each year and normally stages in a Pentagon parking lot.
However, the Biden administration has blocked the event this year by rescinding its annual permit.
“Memorial Day traditions like Rolling to Remember have been granted permits by every administration, Democrat and Republican, for the past 30 years,” Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) said in response.
“The Biden Administration’s decision to end this Memorial Day tradition flies in the face of the freedoms that so many have died to protect,” Rep. Mast told Fox News.
“We are blessed beyond words to be citizens of the greatest country on Earth and only live free thanks to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Mast said.
“But sadly right now, in Joe Biden’s America, 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.”
The Democrat-led Pentagon blames COVID-19 for the decision.
The event is organized by AMVETS, a veterans group, which submitted permit requests and petitions for the event to multiple federal agencies.
According to a press release from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), “AMVETS received approval from the Department of Transportation, the Department of Interior, and multiple other state and local authorities.”
Originally, the Pentagon granted a permit to AMVETS for the event in March, however it was later rescinded without explanation, according to Breitbart.
“There are no options with as much space and convenient routes to the memorials, meaning it will be more difficult, disruptive, and expensive than if the Pentagon parking lots were available,” said Joe Chenelly, the national executive director of AMVETS.
“The administration included AMVETS in this new group as ‘a trusted voice in communities across the United States,’ but the Pentagon wouldn’t have a conversation with us to share their concerns and give us the chance to address them before deciding to refuse our application,” Chenelly added.
Last month, Rep. Mast — a 12-year Army veteran who worked as a bomb disposal expert and lost both his legs while deployed in Afghanistan — wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urging him to “promptly approve” the permit in April.
In his letter, Mast said the Pentagon approved the permit “only to revoke that approval a week later, citing a ‘routing error’ and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The event is being put at risk by the refusal of the Pentagon to approve the permit in a timely manner.”
Mast said Americans enjoy freedom because of the sacrifice of the U.S. military, “but the Biden Administration seems intent on restricting that freedom, and now, even restricting Memorial Day ceremonies.
“Preventing a tradition like Rolling to Remember flies in the face of the freedoms that so many have died to protect.”
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