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Veterans Conquer Barricades at Closed War Memorial

Posted By Tamara Lytle On October 1, 2013 @ 3:50 pm In Washington Watch | Comments Disabled

WWII Victory medal [1]If they can storm enemy beaches, they certainly won’t let a little barricade – or even a government shutdown – stand in their way.

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A group of World War II veterans from Mississippi had chartered an $80,000 flight to Washington, D.C., to visit the National World War II Memorial. They arrived Oct. 1 to find to find the monument blocked off, a casualty of the government shutdown caused by the standoff between Washington politicians.

That didn’t stop the visitors from completing their mission to honor their fallen comrades, the Washington Post reported [3].

It’s not clear who moved the barrier for the veterans and three congressmen who were with them. But according to the Post, here’s what a U.S. Park Police officer had to say: “I’m not going to enforce the No Stopping or Standing sign for a group of 90 World War II veterans. I’m a veteran myself.”

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Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) told the Post: “It’s the best civil disobedience we’ve seen in Washington for a long time.”

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[3] the Washington Post reported: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/visiting-veterans-storm-closed-wwii-memorial/2013/10/01/0fc2a376-2ab4-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html

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