On Oct. 1, WWII veterans from our greatest generation, many in wheelchairs and many requiring assistance to walk, “pushed aside barricades to tour the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning, in defiance of the government shutdown which closed all of the memorials in the nation’s capital.”
Stars and Stripes reported that four buses loaded with the veterans arrived in Washington D.C. from Miss. as part of a “once-in-a-lifetime Honor Flight tour.”
The honored vets from WWII basically ignored the authorities on hand from the National Park Police who were telling the golden warriors not to go past the barricades.
“We didn’t come this far not to get in,” one veteran proclaimed.
The memorial was closed today due to the government shutdown. But the government shutdown did not stop the vets.
ABC News warned that future visitors to the memorial site might not be as fortunate, as the area was shut down again later today, and will remain closed until the Republicans and Democrats stop pointing fingers and get the government back on track.
Congressman Steven Palazzo, a Republican from Miss. tweeted:
Representing the Democratic Party, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa was also at the World War II Memorial today in support of our veterans touring the site.
For more on the WWII veterans storming the World War II War Memorial, see the video accompanying this article.
Way to go veterans. Thank you.