Honoring our nation’s soldiers who bravely fought for our freedom throughout American history should not end simply because people are afraid of catching the coronavirus.
In fact, that sounds like the worst possible excuse to not honor America’s fallen.
Think about it: our deployed military service members risk death, injury, capture, foreign viruses, and all sorts of other grave situations to defend our country, yet civilians think it’s too big of a risk to honor the brave because they might catch a virus that has a survival rate higher than 99%.
This may be harsh, but in my opinion, that’s just cowardly.
President Trump seems to agree, stating that Arlington National Cemetery’s decision to cancel their annual “Wreaths Across America” event is completely unnecessary and “ridiculous.”
“Wreaths Across America” is a program that honors fallen soldiers by placing wreaths on their graves across the country. This year, it is set to have the largest participation ever, with more than 2,500 cemeteries joining to honor interred veterans on December 19th as originally scheduled.
“I have reversed the ridiculous decision to cancel Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. It will now go on!” the president said on Tuesday.
I have reversed the ridiculous decision to cancel Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. It will now go on!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2020
The Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy confirmed the president’s directive to reverse course on “Wreaths Across America.”
“I have directed Arlington National Cemetery to safely host Wreaths Across America. We appreciate the families and visitors who take time to honor and remember those who are laid to rest at our nation’s most hallowed ground,” McCarthy tweeted.
I have directed Arlington National Cemetery to safely host Wreaths Across America. We appreciate the families and visitors who take time to honor and remember those who are laid to rest at our nation’s most hallowed ground.
— SecArmy (@SecArmy) November 17, 2020
This comes after the Cemetery announced that they canceled the event “due to the current COVID-19 situation across the nation.”
Although many people, including Republicans like Senator Tom Cotton, say there is no “safe” way to conduct the event, it is continuing anyway.
If people can go to the store, attend protests, and dine in restaurants, then they can certainly go to a grave to honor our country’s bravest.
There shouldn’t be a question as to whether or not this event is “allowed” to happen.
At this point, Americans understand the risk of being exposed to other people. They should be given the freedom to make a decision for themselves as to whether or not they are going to attend an event.
That goes double when it comes to doing something as important as remembering the sacrifice many men and women have made to protect our country’s rights and freedoms.