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92 WWII Veterans Visit Monument Despite Shutdown

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With a federal government shutdown, gates to hundreds of national parks and monuments are closed off across America.

The National Park Service is putting up barricades at the Lincoln Memorial, sending tourists and bikers back home.

The closures affect thousands of visitors all over the country, but WWII veterans visiting the WWII Memorial were able to knock down and cross the barricades to see the monument dedicated to the Greatest Generation.

The group of 92 Mississippi Gulf Coast Veterans came to DC to complete the Honor Flight program. The program seeks to let veterans visit their respective memorials, free of charge. With the government shutdown taking place, many were uncertain if these veterans would be able to see their own memorial.

However, it was very clear from members of congress that the veterans should be allowed to visit despite the government shutdown. A few members of congress were even present when the veterans came.

According to the Washington Times, Iowa Republican House Representative Steve King distracted the guards, while veterans broke through the barricades.

Congressman Steven Palazzo was present and he tweeted, "No reason to make #shutdown worse than it must be. Let WWII #veterans visit memorial…"

"I know today that we have honor flag veterans flying into Washington to come and enjoy the memorials here. I'm told that they have and are at the World War II Memorial site regardless of the barriers because they should, as American, as veterans, [as] people who served this country, have the ability to enjoy that site," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor later told the Washington Times.

"WWII vets shouldn't face closed DC memorials. During #shutdown, I'll donate pay to OH-based Honor Flight Network," Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat tweeted.

The last government shutdown, almost two decades ago, lasted for twenty-eight days and sparked waves of public outcry over the parks closures.

Roughly 800,000 government employees will be furloughed, starting today.

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