"That wall is America’s wall. It is not the President’s wall."
Obama denied US Veterans access to the Vietnam Memorial because he was going to give a speech there. He always seems to put himself first.
The wall was closed from 9AM to 3PM even though the President only spoke for 16 minutes.
via Free Republic:
Due to high security surrounding President Obama’s visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day, many veterans were turned away, unable to mourn their fellow soldiers at The Wall.
Retired Army Lieutenant General John Sylvester was one of the vets turned away, … he said, “It’s about those 58,000 plus soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines that are represented on that wall. That wall is America’s wall. It is not the President’s wall.”
The organization of which Sylvester is a part, the 11th Armored Cavalry Association, gathers on both Memorial Day and Veterans Day to place a wreath on the wall and to “be able to stand there reflectively, to be able to reach up and touch names of real-life humans, people that we knew, and it is our day as veterans to go and honor those men who are represented on that wall.”