For 32 years, American Veterans met at the Pentagon on Memorial Day weekend as part of their Rolling to Remember rally. But, as with most every other American tradition, the Biden Regime has cancelled this one as well, refusing to give the officially chartered organization that represents over 20 million American Veterans a parking permit.
Chester Sims, from St. Augustine, Fla., helps direct motorcyclists as they participate in the 32nd Rolling Thunder demonstration, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Washington. The event is to honor American prisoners of war and service members missing in action, and to call attention to veterans’ issues. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The DOD cited completely unscientific “Covid” worries, especially since social distancing and mask use have been determined by studies to be ineffective against influenza in numerous studies–especially outdoors.
And, while the DOD is snubbing AmVets, DC is opening museums and the National Zoo in May despite any CCP Virus worries.
This has forced AmVets to seek an alternate location at RFK stadium and led many to question the behavior of the Biden Regime which continues to label conservatives and Trump supporters as white supremacists and domestic terrorists.
Two weeks ago, the 7News I-Team reported the U.S. Defense Department was holding up what seems to be a simple decision to allow or deny thousands of military veterans to use its parking lot for a staging area for Rolling To Remember.
It’s the same parking lot the huge event has been using for the past 32 years.
“…We have not heard from the Pentagon from the day you called them the first time,” said Joe Chenelly the National Executive Director of AmVets. “That’s been a few weeks now.
The Pentagon continues to decline the I-Team’s request for an on-camera interview. It did admit it revoked a parking permit for AmVets after approving it in March.
The Pentagon’s denial comes on the heels of the Smithsonian announcing last week that it will reopen eight of its facilities to the public in May, starting with the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly on Wednesday, May 5.
Additional museums and the National Zoo will open Friday, May 14, and Friday, May 21.
BREAKING: @AMVETSHQ tells me the @SecDef & @DeptofDefense has denied it the use of the Pentagon parking lot for this year's @RollToRemember on Memorial Day weekend. The veteran's group now will attempt to secure RFK Stadium as a new rallying point for 10K veterans. @7NewsDC pic.twitter.com/sVE8AgPGHl
— Scott Taylor 7 News I-Team (@ScottTaylorTV) April 30, 2021
But, the AmVets are not giving up despite the Biden Regime shrugging them off. They intend to find a new venues in multiple locations, which will likely cause more traffic issues.
I-Team Reporter Scott Taylor asked: “These military vets are coming to Washington, D.C. regardless if the Pentagon participates or not, correct?”
“You are absolutely right,” said Chenelly. “We are seeing it on websites and social media all over the place. Much smaller groups. They’re planning their own smaller rallying points and they’re coming in.”
Which means a potential traffic nightmare for the District. Multiple staging areas all over the DMV before thousands of veterans on motorcycles head over to the National Mall.
AmVets says it has a plan B and is working to move its main staging area to RFK Stadium instead of the Pentagon.
“It’s very disappointing and for our members,” said Chenelly. “There’s been shock and deep disappointment expressed to us.”