WWII Vets Knock Down Barriers To Visit Memorial Closed Due To Government Shutdown (Video)
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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: