Saturday, September 20, 2014

Obama Refuses To Attend Opening Of D.C. Memorial Dedicated To Disabled Veterans


September 19, 2014

(Robert Gehi)  It’s not very often that a major memorial is dedicated on the National Mall. It’s a big event, attended by dignitaries, politicians and honored guests.

So the organizers of the first “American Veterans Disabled For Life” memorial to be dedicated on Oct. 5 were shocked when they got word that President Obama had no plans to attend. This would be first time in recent memory a major national memorial’s dedication wasn’t attended by a sitting president.

According to the Washington Free Beacon:
Organizers of the event were caught off guard when informed by the White House of the president’s decision this week and are hoping to receive an explanation from the White House as to why Obama will not be attending the ceremony, according to the source, who is involved with the memorial and was informed of the decision this week.

U.S. presidents have historically been on hand during dedication ceremonies for major memorials in D.C., including the Air Force memorial, the World War II memorial, the Vietnam War memorial, the Korean War memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which Obama attended and spoke at.

The White House declined to comment when asked by the Washington Free Beacon to confirm if Obama would be unavailable to attend the ceremony.