The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is ready for its official dedication, but one key figure will be missing from the ceremony: President Obama.
The memorial, which will be dedicated Oct. 5, is the first devoted solely to disabled veterans.
Located along the National Mall, it’s meant to convey “a combination of strength and vulnerability, loss and renewal,” the Free Beacon reported, adding that this will be the first national memorial “in recent history not to be formally accepted in person by a sitting U.S. president.”
An unnamed source told the Free Beacon that the president’s rejection threw organizers off guard, saying they hope to get an explanation for why he won’t attend.
“It’s disappointing that the president is unable to celebrate the dedication of this historic memorial with the heroes that it honors — our nation’s disabled veterans,” the source said.
The Free Beacon reported:
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.
The memorial’s website describes how special the monument is, to American history and veterans.
“Dedicated to both the living and the deceased — a setting for coming together or quiet meditation — the Memorial holds a special place in the hearts of all Americans, and serves as a never-ending reminder to all of the cost of human conflict,” the website said.
The president was initially invited to attend the dedication ceremony back in January. But who knows. Maybe he has another important round of golf scheduled.
Update: President Obama made an appearance at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial opening, BizPac Review has learned.
Via the White House:
This afternoon, President Obama spoke at the dedication for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, honoring heroes who have sacrificed on behalf of our nation.
In his remarks, the President made clear that we must provide proper care for our veterans, noting: “When our wounded veterans set out on that long road of recovery, we need to move heaven and earth to make sure they get every single benefit, every single bit of care that they have earned, that they deserve.”
“To every wounded warrior, to every disabled veteran — thank you,” he said.
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