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WWII Vets Knock Down Barriers To Visit Memorial Closed Due To Government Shutdown (Video)

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WWII veterans "occupy" WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. during government shutdown

A group of World War II veterans visiting Washington D.C. from Mississippi weren't going to let a few fences get in the way of visiting the closed WWII Memorial - closed because of the government shutdown.

The Atlantic Wire reports 91 veterans flew all the way from the Magnolia State on an Honor Flight to visit the WWII Memorial this morning. However, the memorial was closed, and barriers erected to keep visitors away.

This is where it gets awesome: Leo Shane III of Stars and Stripes witnessed the veterans knock over the barriers to the memorial. He Tweeted:

"Tons of applause as the WWII vets from Miss. storm their memorial. Park police on the way."

But police weren't about to stop the vets. One U.S. Park Police officer told the Washington Post:

“I’m not going to enforce the ‘no stopping or standing’ sign for a group of 90 World War II veterans. I’m a veteran myself.”

Washington D.C. television station WJLA-TV captured this video of the veterans practicing some good ol' civil disobedience:

Video

WWII Vets Storm WWII Memorial

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Avatar for user 'sdreefer21'

sdreefer21 | October 1, 2013 at 10:39 p.m. ― 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I wish that every elected members name was written down and put on a no reelection list. Maybe a clean slate is in order. So we can see more multi-millionaires quarrel about who's buddy is more deserving of our tax dollars. Kudos to the real american hero's who took back a piece of what is rightfully theirs. Thank them and any other vetran u may encounter.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 1, 2013 at 11:27 p.m. ― 11 months, 2 weeks ago

A group of old white men breaks into a closed government-run monument and they are heralded as heroes.

If a group of Black teenagers travelled a far distance to see this monument and broke into it in the same manner, they would be in cages at the local jail.

Welcome to the U.S.A.

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sdreefer21 | October 2, 2013 at 8:20 a.m. ― 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes the country I love. I would applaud any group of people who opened a national monument. They belong to us! Your race comment is weak as is your parriotism on this issue.

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Avatar for user 'Anon11'

Anon11 | October 2, 2013 at 9:39 a.m. ― 11 months, 2 weeks ago

@peking:

Weak argument. There is significance in veterans of a war visiting a national monument to the same war. The race card should not have been played here.

This whole thing was a publicity stunt anyway. The group went knowing the shutdown was a possibility. Take it for what it's worth.

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Avatar for user 'Anon11'

Anon11 | October 2, 2013 at 9:44 a.m. ― 11 months, 2 weeks ago

@sdreefer:

This issue is much more complex than "Dems v. Repubs: Who loves America most?"

Don't let publicity stunts dictate your "understanding" of a situation. It ends up serving the same function as propaganda, by trying to sway your opinion without actually educating you on the issue.

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Avatar for user 'sdreefer21'

sdreefer21 | October 2, 2013 at 10:18 a.m. ― 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Sometimes you dont need to read between the lines. It could have been staged. But it makes me smile to think of a bunch of ww2 vets storming a memorial.

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Avatar for user 'Anon11'

Anon11 | October 2, 2013 at 6:21 p.m. ― 11 months, 2 weeks ago

That's not something to be proud of. It's called being easily manipulated.

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sdreefer21 | October 2, 2013 at 7:36 p.m. ― 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't think I am being manipulated. I have and will always feel the opulence that washington DC provides has soured our once great system. Mega millionaires have proven that they can't run our country well. Its time for a changing of the guard. And how do you feel I have been manipulated? Into knowing that those men love our country. And are making a modest point. You seem to be over-thinking this one.

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