Tuesday, October 1, 2013

#Shutdown doesn't stop WWII veterans from visiting their memorial [UPDATED]

Visiting WWII veterans were confronted with
barricades at the WWII Memorial...but not for long.
There's plenty of room for debate on the merits of this government shutdown, but I'm glad to see that reasonable people are agreeing that our active duty military and veterans shouldn't be harmed. The House unanimously passed a bill to protect military pay that President Obama signed yesterday, Veterans Administration health care functions will continue, among other measures.

Then there's this delightful story...

A group of WWII veterans from Mississippi visiting the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of an Honor Flight trip decided they were going to visit their memorial, government shutdown or no. From the Twitter feed of Stars and Stripes reporter Leo Shane:

And victory...the veterans who fought for freedom over half a century ago now won another little slice of freedom today...

God bless our military and especially these wonderful veterans.

...The four bus loads of veterans — visiting from Mississippi as part of a once-in-a-lifetime Honor Flight tour — ignored National Park Police instructions not to enter the site as lawmakers and tourists cheered them on.
“We didn’t come this far not to get in,” one veteran proclaimed.
The scene was both emotional and comical at once. 
UPDATE II: Post by Free Beacon, including photos by Lachlan Markay, who was also down at the WWII Memorial today. 

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1 comment:

  1. More on the story: the Park Police were told to set up the barricades and keep people out. Doesn't make sense for an open air memorial that's normally open 24-7 http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/park-service-prepped-to-close-memorials-to-aging-veterans.html


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