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Old 10-01-2013, 09:29 PM  
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Veterans break past World War II Memorial barricade

Busloads of World War II veterans, many in wheelchairs, broke past a barricade Tuesday morning to cross into the World War II Memorial, as onlookers applauded and a man playing the bagpipes led the way.

Moments earlier, a few Republican members of Congress had removed a section of the black gates that surrounded the site, allowing a line of veterans to roll past security officers, who willingly stood aside.



Veteran Donald Quinn of Pascagoula, Mississippi, said he was pleased with his visit to the memorial, despite the initial blockade.

"I'm surprised to see so many people here and so many important people, but I've enjoyed it," he said. "At first I didn't think I'd come, but I'm glad I did."

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," Carol Johnson told reporters, adding that they're seeking guidance from the director's office on "where we go next."

"Obviously we did not want to do anything to mar the trip of these people," she said, saying the visitors came from Mississippi and Iowa. "They've come here specifically to see the memorial that was built for them."

Some Republican members of Congress and a Democratic senator were on site, blasting the federal government for fencing off the memorial. Outraged and baffled, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, crossed through an opening in the railing earlier in the morning–before the breach–and got on the phone to try and reach the secretary of the Department of Interior.

"I don't get it. I'm furious. I'm trying to get a hold of people," he said, standing on the other side of the barricade and looking around for help. "But I can't seem to get a hold of anybody."

Harkin faulted Republicans for what he called their "nonsense" legislative push that led to the shutdown.

"Obviously I can walk here," Harkin said, as he walked past the barrier. "Why can't I walk there?" he added, pointing at the memorial located not far away.

A few House Republicans were also at the memorial to disparage the government for closing off the landmark on a day that veterans were set to arrive.

Rep. Steven Palazzo, one of the congressmen who helped move the gates, argued the decision to close the memorial may have been more of a political ploy than a bureaucratic oversight. The Mississippi Republican said it makes no sense to close an open-air monument and compared it to prohibiting someone from touching a tree.

"All Americans should have access to the monuments, but if there's one group, it's our greatest generation, and this might be the last opportunity in their lifetime to visit their memorial," he said.

"We've got park service employees out here," said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, before the gates were opened. "Why wouldn't you have them here to allow the veterans in, instead of stand and keep them from coming in?"

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, wearing casual clothes, said she was out walking when she heard about the pile-up outside the memorial and decided to hustle over to the site.

"The last thing we should see in America is a barricade for World War II veterans to be prevented from coming to their memorial," Bachmann said.

She vowed she and colleagues will be there "today, tomorrow, the next day, however long it takes" to keep the memorial open.

"America is not shutting down," she said. "If we have anything to say about it, we're going to keep this open."


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Old 10-01-2013, 09:41 PM   #2
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:51 PM   #3
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I don't care if this is grandstanding or not, I'm glad they did it. I hope there are Congressmen out there all week to keep letting the veterans in.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:29 PM   #5
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:31 PM   #6
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I don't care if this is grandstanding or not, I'm glad they did it. I hope there are Congressmen out there all week to keep letting the veterans in.
I would rather they be talking to each other to end this stupidity.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:56 PM   #7
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Why are these places barricaded in the first place?
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:34 AM   #13
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Grandstanding was putting the barricades up in the first place. It's an open air memorial. There is normally 24 hour access to the park without park supervision. Why put up the barricades? Grandstanding.

It's about as ridiculous as replacing the usda website page with a "sorry, the website is closed due to the shutdown" page. The government could be shut down for 3 months and the website would still be there if you just left it alone. Again, grandstanding.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:42 AM   #14
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They have security to keep people out of an open exhibit.


That's ****ing idiotic. Wow.
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They have security to keep people out of an open exhibit.


That's ****ing idiotic. Wow.
They may be there to keep the inevitable asshole from vandalism too...But yeah I hear you.
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