President Trump Saves Wreaths Across America’s Annual Tradition
COVID fears nearly cost this nation the comfort of a time-honored tradition this year.
A wave of outrage washed across social media today when the Office of Army National Cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery Director Karen Durham-Aguilera issued the following statement:
“…Despite the controls developed to disperse potential crowds in time and space, and required personal safety protocols, we determined that hosting any event of this scale risked compromising our ability to accomplish our core mission of laying veterans and their eligible family members to rest.”
Wreaths Across America issued its own statement expressing how devastated everyone is. The statement explained how meaningful this tradition is and the extra care its team has been putting into months of preparations.
Congressman Dan Crenshaw and Senator Tom Cotton were among those who took to the internet to urge Arlington National Cemetery to reconsider this decision.
“I encourage Army leaders to reconsider this decision. Thousands of people have marched in DC streets the past couple weekends for Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Surely volunteers can responsibly place wreaths on the graves of our fallen heroes at Arlington,” Senator Cotton tweeted.
“We have this consistent problem with our local and state officials, Crenshaw said in a Fox News interview.
“There’s a bias toward extreme action because nobody wants to get blamed for everything, he said. He then went a step further and called people “cowards” for refusing to acknowledge there are no benefits to the lockdowns. He called out Arlington National Cemetery for making an emotionally-based decision instead of a rational one.
Crenshaw and countless others argued that the act of placing a wreath on a headstone, outdoors, while wearing masks in an area where people can easily put space between themselves, precisely meets the standards every COVID protocol insists on.
Within hours, President Trump chimed in with his own tweet, calling the decision “ridiculous”and announcing he reversed it. Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy confirmed that announcement.
So while some states begin announcing new lockdowns and threaten citizens with hefty fines if they host Thanksgiving dinner, one American tradition and freedom has been spared the COVID chopping block.