A group of ageing veterans of the Second World War disregarded the federal government shutdown, knocking down barriers in order to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington DC. Much like the national parks, the monument to the thousands of Americans who gave their lives during the conflict was also closed as part of the shutdown.
Twitter was ablaze with tweets are members of an Honor Flight group, some of them in wheelchairs, pushed their way through the orange barrels intervening between them and the monument. Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa was on hand and was seen distracting police so that the elderly veterans could pass.
Two groups of veterans, one dressed in red t-shirts and the other dressed in yellow, were single to mingle at the monument. Red-shirted vets proudly stood in front of the pillar dedicated to the state of Mississippi at the monument. The vets in yellow hailed from Kansas.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, a National Park spokesperson said that the agency is looking to how to deal with this sort of situation in the future. Vets were being allowed to visit the monument all day on October 1 after the initial push.