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Brian Mast is revved up after the Defense Department denied a permit to a veterans group planning to use the Pentagon parking lot as a jumping-off point for the annual “Rolling to Remember” ride in honor of fallen American service members.

The event, which is put on by the American Veterans (AMVETS) organization, is traditionally held on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and was long known as the “Rolling Thunder” ride. The event was forced to go virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Memorial Day traditions like Rolling to Remember have been granted permits by every administration, Democrat and Republican, for the past 30 years,” Rep. Mast (R-Fla.) told Fox News in a statement. “The Biden Administration’s decision to end this Memorial Day tradition flies in the face of the freedoms that so many have died to protect.

“We are blessed beyond words to be citizens of the greatest country on Earth and only live free thanks to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice,” continued Mast, an Army veteran who lost both his legs to an IED while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.

“Sadly right now, in Joe Biden’s America, it is easier to cross the border illegally than it is to get a permit to pay our respects to our nation’s fallen heroes.”

Fox reported that the Pentagon confirmed a permit on March 11 for AMVETS to stage the Rolling to Remember ride, but later revoked it.

In a statement to WJLA-TV in Washington, the department cited the coronavirus pandemic, saying “the risk of exposure from participants from other communities extends well beyond the National Capital Region.”

The Pentagon statement added that “[i]f COVID-19 conditions permit, the department would gladly consider supporting a future event request from AMVETS, potentially as soon as this Labor Day weekend.”

AMVETS national executive director Joe Chenelly told Fox News Monday that the group was “committed to still having a central staging area” and added that he would know by the end of this week whether “Plan B” – staging near RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. – would pan out. 

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PRINCE Harry has been blasted by a royal expert who claims the duke's colourful language in a recent podcast was an "unnecessary" attempt to "prove he's one of the lads".

During the Armchair Expert podcast, Harry spoke candidly about some of his life experiences and wasn't afraid to throw a few swear words in.

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5Prince Harry's podcast chat has been criticised by a royal expertCredit: Mega 5Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal expert, branded the podcast "unimpressive"Credit: armchairexpertpod.com

Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, told Sun Online: "Harry’s podcast is hugely unimpressive. After a while, he may find people are uninterested in what he has to say about himself.

"He is 6th in line to the throne. It isn’t necessary for him to swear to pretend he’s one of the lads to make a point. 

Richard continued: "He actually isn’t ordinary, he couldn’t have achieved what he has without being a member of the royal family."

Harry swore when he asked Dax about his own experience with drug abuse, which saw his addiction begin in high school.

Prince Harry asked Shepard whether he had "an awareness" of what was fuelling his use of drugs as a younger man.

He then continued: “For you it was your upbringing and everything that happened to you - the trauma, pain and suffering…

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“All of a sudden you find yourself doing a s***load of drugs and partying hard. 

“Look how many other people do that as well. They wouldn’t have the awareness at the time.

“I certainly wouldn’t have had the awareness when I was going wild.

“It’s like why am I actually doing this? In the moment its like, this is fun. I’m in my 20s - it’s what you’re supposed to do”. 

Prince Harry compared life as a royal to Jim Carey's The Truman Show, a 1990s film about a man who unknowingly lives in a reality TV show.

He told Dax Shepherd, the podcast's host: "It's a mix between The Truman Show and living in a zoo."

"You were kind of cast into a movie without being asked," Dax added, to which Harry said: "The biggest issue for me was that being born into it you inherit the risk, you inherit every element of it without choice."

Richard said: "The comparison of royal life to The Truman Show may have some validity as the royal goldfish bowl was always stressful, but why does he not also consider the benefits it brings?

"He could not have helped so many with his charity work if he were not royal.We knew Harry had difficulties with his mental health which he shared with us to the benefit of others.

"Yet although this interview is another example of baring his soul, it actually tells us very little that is new," he added. 

Later on in the podcast, Harry and Dax spoke about the importance of ‘listening to your body’ to look for signs of distress - even when you are think you are “cruising”. 

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“Whatever this is inside of me, it’s really helping me. It’s driving me - it’s fuel. 

“That’s where the burnout happens because you think ‘this isn’t normal but it feels great because I can get s*** done’.

“But eventually it hits you and it’s like, ‘that’s not sustainable’.”

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