These Men Stormed The Beaches At Normandy - Did You Really Think A Few Police Barriers Would Stop Them From Storming A War Memorial?

Twitchy reports a group of WWII veterans broke through barricades preventing visitors from entering a WWII memorial. The memorial was closed as part of the government shutdown.

As part of the Honor Flight project, World War II veterans have been taken to Washington DC, cost free, to see the memorial erected in their honor on the National Mall.

Due to the government shutdown, National Park Service police put up barriers preventing access. According to Leo Shane III, White House and Veterans Affairs reporter for Stars and Stripes, the veterans knocked over those barriers.


Posted by: DMartyr at 11:57 AM


1 I can see shutting down a memorial that requires staffing, like the Washington Monument. But the WWII Memorial is all outside, with no special equipment. It's not back in the woods down some dirt road, either. There are no bears or cliffs, like at Yosemite or Yellowstone.

Good for the vets, for ignoring such stupidity.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at October 01, 2013 12:26 PM

2 And the national park service police did not call out their militarily armed swat team to repel them?
President Obama must be furious.

Posted by: Kafiroon at October 01, 2013 12:59 PM

3 What do you bet the bureaucrats who administer parks and memorials are still getting paid, while we, the pubic, are kept out? I imagine that maintenance will go on, so why the barricades?

Just kidding. We all know why. We must be punished for daring to say no to the left-wing masters of our fate. Notice that one of the symbols of the US Senate is the fasces.

Posted by: MAKAYA at October 01, 2013 01:13 PM

4 National Parks need to stay open to show that rangers harassing visitors aren't nearly as necessary as the National Park Service claims. The over abundance of rangers riding ATV's, expensive boats and humvees believe the National Parks are there for them and not the general population anyway. Doing without them for a while will prove the point. If I was visiting Yellowstone or the Big Horns I would cross the barriers and see the parks anyway. National Parks aren't prisons. Too much of big brother hurts everyone.

Posted by: Harold B at October 01, 2013 01:13 PM

5 Its all about making republicans look like assholes
Its all this administration cares about

pardon my french


by the way is anybody besides me tired of us calling them the greatest generation AND THEN NOT DOING ANYTHING THE FUCKING WAY THEY WOULD?!?!?!?!

sorry again

Posted by: sound awake at October 01, 2013 01:32 PM

6 Bless the Vets!! I bet that if anyone (.gov that is) asked some Vets to check on the Veteran parks and memorials, they would during this shutdown. It is our country, our parks, our memorials too.

Posted by: Bubbe at October 01, 2013 04:23 PM

7 GOOD!!!!

Posted by: C-Christian Soldier at October 01, 2013 05:40 PM

8 These Park Rangers love their jobs.

If you had them so would you. Great pay, great retirement, great pension plan, great toys and not much in the way of work.

Posted by: Don Sheldon at October 01, 2013 07:02 PM

9 Easiest mission they ever had. DC is a pushover.

Posted by: LaZrtx at October 01, 2013 07:05 PM

10 It's a shame the whole thing is a hoax. They were given special permission and the barricades were removed for them.

It did make for some good rabble rousing. I'm surprised the claim wasn't that the Park Service beat up the vets.

Posted by: Killjoy at October 02, 2013 04:19 AM

11 The vets were from Mississippi and our congressional representative, Palazzo, distracted the guards ( why aren't they furloughed? ) while they entered.

No, they weren't given special permission. Actually they got a special denial, which they ignored.

Posted by: Ecclesiastes at October 02, 2013 11:19 AM

12 Palazzo opened the BARRICADE himself. The video is all over the news. No one attempted to stop him or the visitors.

By the way. The Park Service went out and procured these extra barricades with your tax dollars. Can't afford to staff (what staff) at this memorial but can afford to purchase expensive metal barricades. The Park Service is acting just like their leader Obama. Thin skinned assholes.

Posted by: xxx at October 02, 2013 01:18 PM

13 These National Park service idiots haven't learned a thing from WACO. Same mentality.

Posted by: Jacob at October 02, 2013 01:21 PM

14 These National Park service idiots haven't learned a thing from WACO. Same mentality.

Posted by: Jacob at October 02, 2013 01:21 PM

Don't believe it.
ABC news:
Reps. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said in interviews that the gates were opened for the veterans to access the memorial.

Posted by: Phil at October 02, 2013 04:10 PM

16 Believe ABC News. Ha, ha, ha,

Posted by: xxx at October 03, 2013 05:37 AM

17 I say, issue the vets the same weapons they had on D-Day, M1's Thompsons, BARs and such and let those commies try and stop 'em then.

Posted by: dwg2 at October 03, 2013 11:54 AM

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