Update: WWII Veterans Again Take the War Memorial in Face of Shutdown

aclj featureMATTHEW CLARK, ACLJ

World War II veterans refused to let the Obama government shutdown stand in the way of a once in a lifetime visit to the national World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Obama Administration sought to make a public statement blocking access and assigning park police to guard our national monuments in our Nation’s capitol.

Why the federal government would need to spend more money and resources to barricade and block pedestrians from getting anywhere near our national monuments is beyond bizarre.  Yet, that is what this Administration is doing.

That is until a group of WWII vets took the national WWII memorial by storm.

As Members of Congress assisted in providing distraction, these war heroes that had given so much for their country literally took the memorial.  They toppled barricades and got a glimpse of the memorial – the memorial that was dedicated to them.

The park police stood by and later gave a statement to the press that they were “seeking guidance on how to respond,” yet the WWII heroes continued to view and observe the memorial unhindered.  For many of them this represented their only opportunity to view this memorial.

This story has a happy ending because members of the Greatest Generation were willing to stand up.  The idea that a government shutdown would be used to try to stop war heroes from even looking at monuments is absurd and just shows the lengths some will go to try to make a political statement, to ensure that the American people feel the pain and lay blame.  This is one instance where such shenanigans were rightfully shouted down.


Matthew Clark is an associate counsel with the ACLJ in Media and Government Affairs.


Used with the permission of the ACLJ.


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