Patriot Guard Riders barred from WV miners memorial
many of the 29 WV coal miners who died at the Upper Big Branch mining explosion on April 5th were veterans and some rode motorcycles, so the bereaved families requested the PGR to attend the memorial service. PGR is an informal group of motorcyclists which exists to make sure all veterans are given respectful funerals. However, they were barred from attending this service by federal officials who labeled them a security threat.
The appearance of the PGR at the service, at the request of several families, had been cleared by WV Governor Joe Manchin, who is also a motorcyclist. But the day before the service, Joe Cumblidge, the WV State Captain of the PGR e-mailed the men who were scheduled to participate: “Due to circumstances totally and completely beyond the control of the PGR and the governor, we are regrettably ordering a STAND DOWN for this mission. Specific details will not be posted here but, we’ve been told we are not welcome to participate because of certain high-level dignitaries that are scheduled to attend.”
The “High-level dignitaries” were Obama and Biden. A PGR told WSAZ in Charleston that Manchin had been forbidden to allow them to participate “Because of overwhelming concerns for high-ranking federal officials– it was just not logistically possible for them to be part of the event.”
Both Obama and Biden managed to escape WV unharmed.
This is an outrage I am sure the families would have rather had the PGR than these two pompous asses. If you feel this way write your congressman and tell them how you feel about big brother sticking their noses in our lives. Vets don’t need the commander in wimp to attend just for a photo op.