A busload of veterans showed up at the World War II Memorial in Washington DC today, but because of the government shutdown they were not allowed access to the memorial. Many of these vets were in wheelchairs, but some GOP members of congress made sure they would be able to break in to see the memorial.
This is what stopped the veterans from getting into the memorial:
The GOP members of congress helped to remove the black gates that were blocking the veterans from getting in, and some reports have stated that security officials stood by and watched.
Honor Flight veterans who were told they could not visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. because of the government shutdown reportedly “knocked over” the barricades erected by the National Parks Service on Tuesday in order to gain entry to the grounds.
The Honor Flight network is dedicated to annually transporting World War II veterans from around the country to the memorial in the nation’s capital, which is closed along with other national parks because of the shutdown.
— Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2013
Mississippi congressman moves gate and lets 92 WW2 vets see their monument. pic.twitter.com/541GvLLlTz
— Tom Sherwood (@tomsherwood) October 1, 2013
Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was one of the members of congress on the scene and said it was “pure joy” when the veterans were allowed in because they had traveled so far. She says members of Congress plan to continue coming down to the memorial to ensure veterans can visit.
According to reports from CNN,
The National Park Service closed all of its parks, including national memorials, as a result of the federal government shutdown that went into effect at 12:01 a.m ET.
But a spokeswoman from the National Mall and Parks Service said efforts were no longer being made to hold anyone back.
“These are important visitors,” she told reporters, adding that they’re seeking guidance from the director’s office on “where we go next.”
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