AMVETS brings 'Rolling to Remember' to the White House

Julia LeDoux
May 22, 2020 - 1:51 pm
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President Donald Trump honored veterans, Prisoners of War and "Rolling to Remember" Friday during an event at the White House in advance of the Memorial Day holiday. 

“Drive as fast as you can, but don’t get hurt,” Trump told the bikers before they drove off to Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”  

Sponsored by AMVETS, Rolling to Remember was to have taken place in Washington, D.C. on May 24, but was sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Rolling to Remmeber sidelined by coronavirus

The motorcycle demonstration was intended to fill the void left by Rolling Thunder. It was expected to bring thousands of motorcyclists to the nation’s capital and was to have drawn attention to POW/MIA accountability issues and suicide prevention. 

This year, AMVETS is urging bikers to ride 22 miles in their home communities to raise awareness about veteran suicide while safely social distancing. About 20 veterans die by suicide daily, according to Department of Veterans Affairs statistics.

DC motorcycle rally will highlight POW/MIA issues and suicide prevention

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Trump used the event as a way to gain the support of veterans in advance of the November election.  

“November 3rd’s a big day, we don’t want to destroy this country,” Trump said.

He added that the bikers seemed to like him from the start of his political career and that the feeling was mutual.

“I liked you from the beginning,” he said.

He also outlined what his administration has accomplished for veterans and the military.

“We’ve secured over $2.1 trillion in funding to completely rebuild American military,”  Trump said.

Speaking from the Blue Room Balcony, Trump said that the nation had to rebuild its medical stockpiles at the beginning of the pandemic

“We didn’t have ventilators, we didn’t have testing, we didn’t have anything,”  Trump said.

He criticized former vice president turned presidential candidate Joe Biden for slamming his decision to restrict travel from China back in February. Trump also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for visiting Chinatown in San Francisco as the virus broke out.

The president praised the Department of Veterans Affairs and his appointee, Secretary Robert Wilkie.

"You don't hear bad things about the VA anymore," he said. "You used to turn on every night you'd see a horror show." 
He says Wilkie is doing "a fantastic job."

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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