As part of the government shutdown, national parks and Federal buildings were closed down Tuesday. But the metal barricades that blocked access to the World War II Memorial proved of little consequence to a group of WWII veterans from Mississippi on an Honor Flight tour.
“We didn’t come this far not to get in,” one veteran told Stars and Stripes.
So, aided by a few Congressmen and their staffs — including Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) who distracted a Park Police representative — the vets simply pushed the barriers aside and went in, ignoring Park Police instructions not to enter.
— Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2013
As the veterans walked or rolled their wheelchairs around the memorial, Park Police stood by and watched and onlookers cheered and clapped.
It’s a case of civil disobedience at its finest.
Update: The Obama Administration knew in advance the veterans were visiting the memorial and denied their request to open it.
The veterans plan to storm the closed Lincoln Memorial today.
Another Honor Flight scheduled for next week is being told that veterans will be arrested if they violate barriers to access closed memorials.
Update 2: National Park Service workers began erecting more permanent barricades to block access to the World War II memorial this morning. They apparently fled the scene when they realized they were being photographed by videographers.
Update 3: A new group of veterans has breached the barricades set up to prohibit access to the World War II memorial. Parks police did not follow through with their previous threats to arrest any veterans who violated the barricades.
The National Park Service sent at least seven guards to attempt to close down the memorial. The memorial is an open-air park with a building and requires no guards during normal operations. The NPS has also sent guards to close down Claude Moore Colonial Farm near the CIA even though it doesn’t receive Federal funds. The farm is privately operated and has a full staff, but NPS goons have barred anyone from visiting the farm because it is located on Federally owned land.
According to Carol Johnson of the NPS, the closure was ordered by the Obama regime’s Office of Management and Budget.