Rep. Mast blasts Biden administration for ending vets’ Memorial Day bike custom

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., gives troops a tour in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., blasted the Biden administration for rescinding a allow for a 30-plus years Memorial Day custom for veterans that has all the time been staged within the Pentagon car parking zone.

“Memorial Day traditions like Rolling to Bear in mind have been granted permits by each administration, Democrat and Republican, for the previous 30 years. The Biden Administration’s choice to finish this Memorial Day custom flies within the face of the freedoms that so many have died to guard,” Rep. Mast mentioned in an announcement to Fox Information.

“We’re blessed past phrases to be residents of the best nation on Earth and solely stay free due to the women and men who made the final word sacrifice. However sadly proper now, in Joe Biden’s America, it’s simpler to cross the border illegally than it’s to get a allow to pay our respects to our nation’s fallen heroes.”


Pentagon Particular Occasions confirmed AMVETS’ allow for Rolling to Bear in mind on March 11 however later revoked the allow. Mast wrote a letter to Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin urging him to “promptly approve” the allow in April. Mast, a 12-year Military veteran, labored as a bomb disposal professional and misplaced each his legs whereas deployed in Afghanistan.

“Our greatest disappointment with the Pentagon’s choice right here was that they by no means gave us an opporuntiy, regardless of us asking many instances, to have the ability to current a plan of how we might be capable of meet on the Pentagon car parking zone outside in a protected, accountable method,” AMVETS’ nationwide government director Joe Chennelly instructed “Fox & Associates First” on Monday.

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., gives troops a tour in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., provides troops a tour within the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Picture/Susan Walsh)

“What, historically, this occasion has been all about is our lacking in motion. We have now greater than 80,000 Individuals who’re nonetheless lacking in motion since World Battle II,” Chennelly continued. “We’re dedicated to nonetheless having a central staging space. … We have a Plan B and a Plan C.”

AMVETS will know by the tip of this week whether or not Plan B, staging close to RFK Stadium, pans out, Chennelly mentioned.

The Pentagon blamed coronavirus dangers for the choice.


“The division took into cautious consideration all points of AMVETS request, to incorporate the present Well being Safety Situation standing on the Pentagon Reservation; substantial neighborhood transmission of COVID-19 in Arlington County, Virginia; variety of Individuals absolutely vaccinated throughout the nation; nature of this occasion with its decreased skill to keep up bodily distance; and enormous crowds in a single location for an prolonged time frame,” the Pentagon mentioned in an announcement in keeping with 7News

“This occasion attracts nationwide consideration and participation; subsequently the chance of publicity from contributors from different communities extends effectively past the Nationwide Capital Area.”

“If COVID-19 circumstances allow, the division would gladly contemplate supporting a future occasion request from AMVETS, doubtlessly as quickly as this Labor Day weekend. The division seems to be ahead to supporting future occasions with AMVETS,” the Pentagon’s assertion continued.

The coronavirus pandemic pressured Rolling to Bear in mind to go digital in 2020.

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