Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott has invited the state’s veterans to hold their annual Veterans Day parade on the south steps of the state Capitol after the city of Austin shut down its parade due to “overreaching” COVID-19 requirements.
Governor Abbott issued a statement on Tuesday to voice his concern over the cancelled holiday event and invite the Austin Veterans Parade Foundation to join him on the Texas state Capitol’s south steps.
“The City of Austin’s overreaching COVID requirements have forced the Austin Veterans Parade Foundation to cancel their annual event,” Abbott tweeted.
“I’m inviting them to host a rally on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol,” he added. “We celebrate our nation’s heroes in Texas.”
“The State of Texas will always support our military veterans,” Abbott said in the statement.
“We are committed to ensuring that the traditions of Veterans Day are kept alive in the capital city,” he added.
The Veterans foundation previously announced its parade had been cancelled in a statement on its website and Facebook.
“Due to Covid restrictions from the Austin Public Health Department, this year’s Veterans Day Parade will not take place in Austin,” the statement read.
“The restrictions required the Austin Veteran Parade Foundation to verify all participants and spectators to have either a current negative Covid test or be vaccinated.”
“This is something that we could not do as we anticipated some 30,000 attendees to the parade. We are hopeful that in 2022, the restrictions on public gatherings will be back to normal.
“In lue of the parade, we are working with the City of Austin and the Austin Veterans Commission to dedicate the Veterans Park on Nov. 11th,” it added.
The foundation had resigned itself to instead only being able to honor Veterans on Veteran’s Day with a dedication of a park that same day.
But with Abbott’s new invitation, Veterans Day, and the honoring of all of the men and women who died so we could be free, could be roaring back to life in the Lone Star State. The governor’s actions are spot on and something other states could learn from in its approach to veterans.
We are a nation that exists because of our military. Without the veterans who have served to protect our nation, we wouldn’t be the nation we are today.
It’s a shame that so many from the left have belittled our military and veterans, seeking to place disrespect among those who should be our greatest heroes. The Biden administration wants to kick out everyone who won’t take a jab.
In addition, our current commander-in-chief has repeatedly failed to lead our military well. Afghanistan’s failed military departure will be a reminder for the next century as one of the worst moments in the nation’s military leadership.
Worse, the debacle was immediately followed by a drone strike that killed a father and his children, a family not even involved with the bombing that killed 13 American military members, along with more than 100 Afghans.
And don’t forget the tens of thousands of Afghans brought into our nation without vetting while leaving behind American citizens to the Taliban. One of whom has already been arrested for raping a teenage girl in Montana.
We need to honor our veterans more than ever. Veterans Day is a great time to start.