Brewster, N.Y. – 10/08/2013 –Senator Greg Ball, (R, C, I – Patterson) Chairman of the New York State Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the follow statement regarding the ongoing national travesty playing itself out on the National Mall in Washington DC.
“Three weeks ago I had the honor of bringing dozens of World War II veterans to the WWII memorial. As they approached this national shrine their eyes told a story of patriotism marked by unbelievable sacrifice. Anyone who would ever stand in the way of allowing such heroes to see the monument built in their honor should be thoroughly ashamed. While the lack of bi-partisan leadership in Washington, D.C. is a national tragedy the buck stops squarely on the President’s desk. It is nothing short of an international embarrassment that President Obama proactively shutout WWII veterans from visiting the WWII Memorial. Even if this were simply an unimaginable oversight, the President should of immediately led the way to tear down the wall and allowed these brave men and women to see their national treasure. Instead, these brave souls were used as pawns in a ridiculous political stunt to a larger and much more costly sideshow. Today, as if these facts were not enough to make all Americans disgusted, our President has taken us all to a new low. We now learn this same President has now made a ‘special exception’ for illegal alien advocates and other polarizing groups protesting on the National Mall. Frankly, I have never been so disgusted as an American, and this President turned our national mall into a national embarrassment. I have one message for this President, ‘Grow up, and tear down this wall,’” said Senator Greg Ball.
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