Veterans Knock Down Barriers At WWII Memorial Following Closing During “Shutdown”


World War II Veterans taking part in an "honor flight" pushed their way into the national World War II Memorial, Tuesday. The memorial had been closed due to the federal government's shutdown which began at 12:01 AM, Tuesday morning.

The honor flight is a national organization that provides free flights to and from Washington D.C. for World War II Veterans. For many of these veterans, this is the first and only time they have visited the National Memorial.

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According to reports from Leo Shane, a reporter with Stars and Stripes, about 8-12 members of Congress distracted park police while the veterans knocked over barricades to gain entry to the memorial.

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According to Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, in some cases, it was only police tape that separated the veterans from the Memorial. In that case, Bachmann says she cut the tape to allow entry for the vets.

Shane, reporting via twitter says that there has been no attempt to stop those vets from visiting the memorial. He goes on to post "maybe after the congressmen leave."

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Here is the Twitter page with more pictures and information: https://twitter.com/LeoShane

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  • woofpacker75

    The GALL of these Obwama-crats is MIND-BOGGLING. Just imaging calling up the Nat Park Service and telling them "You know that open-air WWII Vets Memorial, the one that's been open 24/7/365 without any attendants? Well, send over some guys with barricades to make sure no more Vets can visit." There is no bottom in the devious minds of Democrats. When you are SURE they have stooped as low as any human could go, they stoop lower.

  • BennettMike

    And these are the old vets. Wait until the young ones get riled!