At 12 AM Tuesday morning all activities and events to take place on federal grounds were summarily and indiscriminately cancelled due to the most recent government shutdown. For example, twenty something weddings slated to take place at the National Monument were cancelled, not to mention those that were scrubbed nationwide. It's not only weddings. Tours, gardens, landmarks, and parks are all closed for the shutdown, workers sent on furlough.
Included in all of this shutdown mess is a group of Texas Vets who were given an all-expense paid trip to Washington to view the memorial first hand. The Honor Flight Network has offered "3,560 veterans a visit to Washington on Honor Flight trips during the month of October. Five of these flights will bring veterans from Texas, including 41 World War II veterans, age 84 to 96, from the Dallas-Fort Worth region this week."
The vets were informed this morning that due to the current shutdown of our governing system they would not be able to view the memorial. Upon hearing this Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has called upon the Obama administration and Congress to pass a bill that would allow war monuments and memorials to remain open during the shutdown. This statement was issued on the senator's website
“This week, a group of our nation’s finest, World War II veterans who risked everything so that we might have a better life, will be making their way to Washington for the trip of a lifetime—an all-expenses-paid ‘Honor Flight’ to see their war memorials for the first time. But in an unacceptable turn of events, they've been told by the National Park Service that these memorials will be barricaded due to the federal government shutdown.
“Never should men of this caliber receive this kind of treatment in our nation’s capital.
“As this group of heroes makes their way to Washington, I call on President Obama and Congress to pass an appropriations bill opening these memorials and monuments. The Greatest Generation deserves our respect and hospitality.”