WWII Vets Knock Over Shutdown Barrier to Visit Memorial

Leo Shane III

A group of World War II veterans in an Honor Flight group Tuesday knocked over barriers imposed during the government shutdown at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., to get inside.

As part of the federal government shutdown, national parks are closed. But the group of veterans continued to the monument Tuesday, as reported by Stars and Stripes reporter Leo Shane:

Update: WFB staff writer Lachlan Markay arrived at the WWII Memorial, where a second group of Iowa vets (in yellow shirts) have also arrived at the memorial. Park police are letting all vets through, according to Shane.

"We're looking about how to deal with this in the future," Park Police spokeswoman Carol Johnson said Tuesday.

Photo: Lachlan Markay
Photo: Lachlan Markay