Vets Storm Barricaded WWII Memorial
They're not taking your shutdown baloney, dear Congress
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2013 1:01 PM CDT
Snow drifts pile up at the World War II National Memorial in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – The World War II Memorial in Washington is currently barricaded, thanks to the government shutdown, but that didn't stop a group of WWII vets from entering it today. The group, part of an honor flight program from Mississippi, had chartered an airplane and made plans too far in advance to change the trip. US Park Police allowed their bus to stop ("I'm a veteran myself," says one), and members of Congress led them into the memorial—where they shouted and "surged" in as the barricades were moved, the Washington Post reports.

In other strange shutdown news, today's Google Doodle honors Yosemite National Park's 123rd birthday ... but, as Salon points out, all national parks are currently closed, so if you click on the doodle and then on one of the top search results, you'll see the following message instead of the park's website: "Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating." Click for more on the shutdown.

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JTMullins
Oct 1, 2013 10:05 PM CDT
The problem is that it is difficult to see why someone cannot walk around a memorial. That does not take a federal presence. It is equally dubious why they are kicking the campers out of national parks. It is not like the park service tucks them in at night.
Ivan_the_Gypsy
Oct 1, 2013 8:22 PM CDT
The Obama Media is hysterically informing the none-too-brights that the government has really shut down. Not so, memorials and other places like National Parks, museums, etc. are closed to irritate the public and blaming the fake "shut down." Employees get a paid vacation because ofter the fake shut down they get back pay. What should be shut down is the Congress, especially the Senate until they get to work. Harry Reid should be let down in an open grave. His brain is dead and his body hasn't caught up to it yet.
portside
Oct 1, 2013 6:42 PM CDT
This Veterans have no respect for the veterans memorial!!! how dare they storm it and degrade the honor of- wait, sorry nevermind, apparently they calmly walked in after being let in by officials..... well then in other breaking news: people are eating food somewhere on planet earth