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Meanwhile in the press the United States visits a war memorial a Memorial Day should veterans be allowed to mourned by his side.
This year because of high security many were turned away at the door of the -- Joining us right now is retired army lieutenant general John Sylvester general you could not -- incorrect.
That's absolutely correct along with a number of others of our association eleventh armored camera association or black Porsche and what what bothers you the most about this obviously there are security concerns and this was handled by the Department of Defense Sinatra White House.
What's bugging you about it.
Well what what's bugging me about it is it and it's not made by the way -- -- -- it's about them.
The -- 58000.
Plush soldiers sailors -- -- Marines that are represented on that wall.
That wall is America's wall from.
It is not the president's wall -- there's not any other politician.
It's America's wall and and and there are two very very special -- -- Memorial Day and veterans day and our own organization along with hundreds of other -- gather every year on those -- -- to put a -- To put a -- down -- all Matt -- To be able to stand their reflexively.
To be able to reach up and touch names of real live humans people that we knew.
And ditch it is our day as veterans to go and honor.
Those men who are represented on that wall.
These -- general here's -- they said the -- of commemoration released this to your complaint.
We'll be impossible to accommodate everyone who wishes to be present in front of the wall for Memorial Day ceremony but arrangements are being made.
Are provided additional viewing area in addition -- -- -- will be able to see the events unfold on a Jumbotron.
Security will be very restrictive though is Jumbotron good enough.
Well it it's not a point of the Jumbotron and panicked and I can.
The security required for the president I can work I can understand.
Secure in the area screening area and then holding the area.
In in a a state where no one managers it.
For a period of time before the president's speech and then the president's speech.
But they had that -- closed from before 9 o'clock in the morning until after fifty an hour in the afternoon.
My understanding is the president was there for about sixteen match.
-- -- And it's a fact that on Memorial Day.
-- so many thousands of veterans were denied the opportunity to walk up to the wall where all the names are.
If it get so many people go to Washington on that -- just for that reason.
And they couldn't do it until 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
That that's absolutely correct I mean there are 363.
Other days of the year besides Memorial Day and veterans -- That the tour buses arrive and they put all manners of things down a -- wall.
You'll see pictures and cartons cigarette your packaged cigarettes and unit patches and and all those kind of things.
And and then there are two days a year -- when those of us who put those things at the wall and who know what they mean want to go there and layer reef and remember our brother she especially general -- -- there's -- side that opera is that's who is always the president was only speaking for sixteen minutes.
John Sylvester thanks so much for -- service thanks for your time hopefully this won't happen again.
You're very welcome thank you for having the event.
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