(RepublicanDaily.org) – Rolling to Remember is an annual advocacy event during which military veterans ride motorbikes around Washington, DC to raise awareness about the veteran suicide crisis. It also aims to draw attention to the issue of prisoners of war and missing operatives overseas. This year, however, it could be in jeopardy.
On Friday, April 30, the Pentagon released a statement indicating it wouldn’t allow the rally to gather in its parking lot. Back in March, the federal government said the event could proceed, but walked that back unexpectedly last week, citing concerns about the pandemic. Given that the event is due to take place on Memorial Day weekend, this has caused a major organizational headache for those behind it.
The announcement quickly drew the ire of Conservatives. Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), an Army veteran, had the following to say via Twitter.
This is UNACCEPTABLE.
It’s sad that we now live in a country where 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/our1PT650S
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) May 4, 2021
Event organizers are confident the event will still go ahead despite this setback. But it will be more difficult than it needs to be on a day that is supposed to honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our nation.
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