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President Barack Obama would rather vacation in Chicago on this Memorial Day and insults veterans by skipping the traditional ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.
Vice President Joe Biden will stand in for the President at the wreath-laying ceremony while Obama will put in an appearance at Illinois’s Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
The snub is not sitting well with some vets.
“I’m not happy,” World War II vet Nathan Abbe told WCBS-TV in New York. “I think it’s an insult to all veterans.”
Vietnam Vet Vince McGowan canceled his plans to go to Arlington after hearing Obama wouldn’t be there.
“Let the President know that if it wasn’t good enough for him to find the time to come and visit with us, then we’ll stay home and take care of ourselves, as we always have do,” McGowan said.
Obama is not the first President to snub veterans at Arlington on Memorial Day — just the latest.
Ronald Reagan missed two Memorial Days at Arlington. George H.W. Bush never went to Arlington during his one term in office and his son, George W. Bush, missed the event in 2002 but had an excuse — he was in Europe with then Secretary of State Colin Powell at ceremonies in Normandy to honor Americans who gave their lives on D-Day.